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Contemporary Arab Thought Cultural Critique in Comparative Perspective

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ISBN-10: 023114489X

ISBN-13: 9780231144896

Edition: 2009

Authors: Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab

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List price: $71.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430

Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab is a research fellow at the German Orient Institute in Beirut. She has studied in Beirut and Fribourg, Switzerland, and has taught in Lebanon at the American University of Beirut and at the University of Balamand, and in the United States at Columbia University and Yale University. She is the author of The Theory of Social Action in the Schutz-Parsons Debate.

Preface
Introduction: Cultural Malaise and Cultural Identity in Twentieth-Century Western, Postcolonial, and Arab Debates
The First Modern Arab Cultural Renaissance, or Nahda: from the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Mid-Twentieth Century
Critique After the 1967 Defeat
The Existential Dramatization of Critique the Day After the Defeat: Saadallah Wannous's Theatrical Oeuvre
Humanistic Nationalism and Critical Reason
The Critique of Religious-Metaphysical Thought
The Critique of Ideology and Historicization
Gendering Critique
The Radicalization of Critique and the Call for Democracy: Reclaiming the Individual's Critical Faculties
Marxist, Epistemological, and Psychological Readings of Major Conferences on Cultural Decline, Renewal, and Authenticity
The Cairo Conference of 1971: "Authenticity and Renewal in Contemporary Arab Culture"
The Kuwait Conference of 1974: "The Crisis of Civilizational Development in the Arab Homeland"
The Cairo Conference of 1984: "Heritage and the Challenges of the Age in the Arab Homeland: Authenticity and Contemporaneity"
Critique in These Conferences: The Fixation on Tradition and the Intellectualization of the Malaise
Critique in Islamic Theology
From the Unthought and the Unthinkable to the Thinkable
The Historicity of Revelation and the Struggle for Thought in the Time of Anathema
Feminist Historicization of Religious Traditions
An Islamic Theology of Liberation: The "Islamic Left" of Hassan Hanafi
A Christian Arab Theology of Liberation
On the Potential for Critique in Traditional Islam: Talal Asad's Analysis of the Public Criticism by Ulemas in Saudi Arabia
Islamic Critique and the Cultural Malaise
Secular Critique
Critique of the Exclusive Monopoly over "True" Islam
The Importance of Keeping the Debate on the Human Level
Critique of the Essentialist and Romantic Conception of Identity
Critique of the Islamicization of Knowledge and the Quest for an Indigenous Social Science
Critique of the Conciliatory Pattern of Thinking
Secularism, Democracy, and Cultural Critique
Recentering the Historical, the Human, and the Partial: The Secular Call for Democracy and Human Rights
Breaking the Postcolonial Solitude: Arab Motifs in Comparative Perspective
The Western Debates
The Non-Western Postcolonial Debates
Common Leitmotivs and Arab Specificities
Shifting Priorities
Conclusion: The New Nahda Impulses, Reclaiming the Right to Freedom and Life
Notes
Bibliography
Index