Presenting bold and original insights, this book examines the policies and diplomacies pursued by Arab and Western governments, while discussing both the political and cultural roles played by the modern Arab World. It explores the various facets of the malaise affecting the Arab world, stressing the urgent call for reform and recovery, as well as the need to address major issues including inter-Arab affairs, relations with a hegemonic USA, and peace with Israel.
In addition, the book provides new perspectives on a range of topics including Arab and Muslim diplomacy, literature, and culture; often as these interact with Western models and paradigms in an increasingly interconnected but challenging world. Employing a combination of disciplines and discourses, the book aids learners and policy-makers in better understanding the Arab world’s successes and failures in its problematic relations with the West and modernity.
Table of Contents
1. The Arab Disease: Bittersweet Pills to Swallow? 2. Islamic Diplomacy: The Need for A New Vision: A Conceptual Approach 3. Modern Arabic Literature: The West as a Bridge to Freedom: A Bird’s Eye View 1384 4. George Bernard Shaw on Muhammad, Egypt and Palestine 5. The One and the Many: The Sufi Path to Social Responsibility: From Anecdote to Action? 6. Literature and Peacemaking: A Role Explored
Riad Nourallah is a Senior Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster. He has also taught at universities in Beirut, Cambridge, Salford, Al Ain, and Durham. His annotated edition of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt’s, The Future of Islam, was published by RoutledgeCurzon in 2002.