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Egypt, the Arabs, and the World: Reflections at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

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In a collection of articles originally published between 1995 and 2011 in Cairo's Al-Ahram Weekly and Ahram Online (as well as in the Guardian, and on Salon.com), Egyptian journalist Hani Shukrallah examines his own culture and society during what he terms "a tempestuous period of history for the region and for its relations with the rest of the world." He makes unflinching observations and asks difficult questions in his attempts to reveal underlying truths about democracy, human development, regional power relations, and the demonization of Arabs and Muslims in the west.

Why is it that democracy's "winds of change" can roam the globe, but as soon as they hit Arab shores they turn into the mildest breeze? How is it that one of the least successful regions of the world in terms of human and technological development is able to put itself forward to be framed as the greatest source of threat to international peace and security in a post-Cold War world? And while the American empire might well need a "demonic other" to renew itself, why were Arabs and Muslims such willing volunteers to play the role of demon?

Hani Shukrallah does not provide ready answers, but merely suggests ways of reexamining our reality and the world around us that may help point the way toward solutions.

Book News Annotation:

Egyptian journalist Shukrallah collects columns written (mostly for the state-owned al-Ahram Weekly) during the late 1990s through to the early stages of the Egyptian uprising of 2011. Shukrallah, who hails the protesters of Tahrir Square for their overthrow of Hosni Mubarak at the opening of the book, ranges across a broad swath of mostly political topics concerning Egypt, the broader Arab world, and their interactions with global capitalism and empire. Shukrallah's perspective can generally be characterized as secular left and, to a certain extent, pan-Arab nationalist (even if he evidences some significant disappointment and disillusionment in the achievements to date of pan-Arabism). Distributed in North America by Oxford University Press. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In a collection of articles originally published between 1995 and 2011 in Cairo's Al-Ahram Weekly and Ahram Online (as well as in The Guardian and on Salon.com), Egyptian journalist Hani Shukrallah examines his own culture and society during what he terms "a tempestuous period of history for the region and for its relations with the rest of the world." He makes unflinching observations and asks difficult questions in his attempts to reveal underlying truths about democracy, human development, regional power relations, and the demonization of Arabs and Muslims in the west.

While most of the articles in this collection were written in what Shukrallah describes as the Arabs' "age of ugly choices," it ends on a high note: the Egyptian Revolution and the promise of a long-awaited Arab spring. In a 7000-word introduction, Shukrallah reexamines the period in question from the perspective of the Revolution, which he admits took him completely by surprise. An epilog includes a collection of articles written on the very eve of the Egyptian Revolution and as it was taking place.

About the Author

Hani Shukrallah is the founding editor of Ahram Online, the Cairo-based English-language news portal, and the executive director of the Heikal Foundation for Arab Journalism. He has written and published widely on politics and current events for numerous publications, including Al-Ahram Weekly, the Guardian, and Al-Hayat

Table of Contents

Introduction

Civilization in caricature

Our culture ourselves

Empire and its demons

Palestine's infinite processes

The Samson fiasco

Yet again, a critique of Arab reason

Egypt: elusive spring, enduring autumn

Product Details

ISBN:
9789774164866
Author:
Shukrallah, Hani
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
Subject:
Politics | Comparative Politics | Middle East
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 1.2 in 1.719 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Africa » Egypt
History and Social Science » Africa » General
History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Islamic Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » Regional Studies
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , In a collection of articles originally published between 1995 and 2011 in Cairo's Al-Ahram Weekly and Ahram Online (as well as in The Guardian and on Salon.com), Egyptian journalist Hani Shukrallah examines his own culture and society during what he terms "a tempestuous period of history for the region and for its relations with the rest of the world." He makes unflinching observations and asks difficult questions in his attempts to reveal underlying truths about democracy, human development, regional power relations, and the demonization of Arabs and Muslims in the west.

While most of the articles in this collection were written in what Shukrallah describes as the Arabs' "age of ugly choices," it ends on a high note: the Egyptian Revolution and the promise of a long-awaited Arab spring. In a 7000-word introduction, Shukrallah reexamines the period in question from the perspective of the Revolution, which he admits took him completely by surprise. An epilog includes a collection of articles written on the very eve of the Egyptian Revolution and as it was taking place.

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