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Beyond the Arab Disease

New Perspectives in Politics and Culture, 1st Edition

By Riad Nourallah


192 pages

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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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies

This series includes the latest research on a broad range of topics from the social sciences and humanities. It aims to provide a comprehensive forum for cutting edge monographs and edited volumes on this vital region and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies