Arab Predicament Arab Political Thought and Practice since 1967

ISBN-10: 0521438330
ISBN-13: 9780521438339
Edition: 2nd 1992 (Revised)
Authors: Fouad Ajami
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List price: $35.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/29/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

How have Arab political ideas and institutions evolved since the 1967 War? How have the Arabs contended with the external influences to which their wealth has exposed them? What are the implications of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism? Fouad Ajami seeks to answer these and related questions in his illuminating study of the constraints and possibilities facing the Arab world today. The book is divided into three parts. The first documents the political and intellectual response to the defeat of 1967. The second part surveys the choices facing the Arab world as exemplified by the case of Egypt, held up as a mirror of the problems at issue in the whole region. The third part seeks to explain the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism and locates its roots in the failures of the dominant political order, and the stalemate of secular political ideas. This revised edition of Ajami's acclaimed 1981 study has been updated in the light of recent turbulent events: the death of Sadat, the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq War and the Gulf War.

Fouad Ajami was born in Arnoun, Lebanon on September 19, 1945. He attended Eastern Oregon College, then received a Ph.D. at the University of Washington after writing a thesis on international relations and world government. He taught at several universities including Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Hoover Institution. He was an author and broadcast commentator on Middle East affairs who helped rally support for the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003. His first book, The Arab Predicament: Arab Political Thought and Practice Since 1967, was published in 1981. His other works include The Vanishing Imam: Musa al Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon, Beirut: City of Regrets, and The Dream Palace of the Arabs. He received a National Humanities Medal in 2006. He died from cancer on June 22, 2014 at the age of 68.

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The radical sensibility
The Ba�th party: a retrospective
The Islamic response: radical fundamentalism
Conservative fundamentalism
Egypt As A State
The legacy reassessed
The Egyptian search
The ways of the Pharoah, the ways of others
The push of the desert, the Paull of the Mediterranean
Egypt as a mirror, as a state
Fractured Tradition: The Claims of Authenticity, The Realities of Dependence
The �revolution� contained
The dominant order�s brief triumph
The question of authenticity and collaboration
The ruler�s, Islam of the ruled
The ways of the ancestors, the ways of the world

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