9780745321691

Contemporary Arab Thought Studies in Post-1967 Arab Intellectual History

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  • ISBN13:

    9780745321691

  • ISBN10:

    0745321690

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-11-20
  • Publisher: Pluto Press

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Summary

'Contemporary Arab Thought' is a complex term, encompassing a constellation of social, political, religious and ideological ideas that have evolved over the past two hundred years ideas that represent the leading positions of the social classes in modern and contemporary Arab societies.Distinguished Islamic scholar Ibrahim Abu-Rabi' addresses such questions as the Shari'ah, human rights, civil society, secularism and globalization. This is complimented by a focused discussion on the writings of key Arab thinkers who represent established trends of thought in the Arab world, including Muhammad 'Abid al-Jabiri, Adallah Laroui, Muhammad al-Ghazali, Rashid al-Ghannoushi, Qutatnine Zurayk, Mahdi 'Amil and many others.Before 1967, some Arab countries launched hopeful programmes of modernisation. After the 1967 defeat with Israel, many of these hopes were dashed. This book retraces the Arab world's aborted modernity of recent decades. Abu-Rabi' explores the development of contemporary Arab thought against the historical background of the rise of modern Islamism, and the impact of the West on the modern Arab world.

Author Biography

Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi' is professor of Islamic Studies at the Macdonald Center for the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary and co-editor of The Muslim World. He is the author of Intellectual Origins of Islamic Resurgence in the Modern Arab World (Suny Press), and the editor of several books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword x
Ghada Talhami
Preface xiii
Introduction 1(42)
PART ONE: THEMES
The Scope and Limitation of Post-1967 Arab Thought
43(20)
Contemporary Arab Intellectual Trends
63(30)
Secularism and its Hazards: The Recent Debate in the Arab World
93(21)
Contemporary Arab Philosophical Views of Secularism
114(12)
Formation of Contemporary Identities: Nationalism and Islamism in Contemporary Arab Thought
126(24)
Traditional Values, Social Change, and the Contemporary Arab Personality
150(14)
Globalization: A Contemporary Islamic Response?
164(21)
Contemporary Arab Thought and Globalization
185(18)
PART TWO: THINKERS
Rashid al-Ghannushi and the Questions of Shari'ah and Civil Society
203(20)
Muslim Self-Criticism in Contemporary Arab Thought: The Case of Shaykh Muhammad al-Ghazali
223(19)
Islam and Muslims in Crisis
242(14)
Towards a Critical Arab Reason: The Contributions of Muhammad 'Abid al-Jabiri
256(23)
Towards Modern Arab Reason
279(17)
Costantine Zurayk and the Search for Arab Nationalism
296(22)
Mahdi 'Amil and the Unfinished Project of Arab Marxist Philosophy
318(26)
Abdallah Laroui: From Objective Marxism to Liberal Etatism
344(26)
Conclusions
370(5)
Notes 375(78)
Bibliography 453(29)
Index 482

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