Fathers and Sons in the Arab Middle East

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-07
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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The father-son relationship is the most important male relationship. Owing to the concept of privacy that surrounds family life in Arab societies, it has been shrouded in silence. Drawing on insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, religion, history, and literature, Dalya Cohen-Mor unravels the mysteries of this relationship in Arab families. She argues that Arab men are both the beneficiaries and victims of the prevailing patriarchal system and that many male privileges and key components of the traditional code of masculinity warp Arab men and society. The author draws on recent events in the Middle East, especially the Arab uprisings of 2011, to illustrate the young generation's desire for freedom from all forms of oppression, whether paternal authority, the patriarchal family, or an autocratic regime. A groundbreaking work, Fathers and Sons in the Arab Middle East is essential reading for students and scholars across the humanities and social sciences and for all those interested in the Arab Middle East.

Author Biography

Dalya Cohen-Mor is a literary scholar of Middle Eastern origin educated in the Netherlands and the United States. She received her PhD in Arabic Language and Literature from Georgetown University, USA and is currently affiliated with George Washington University, USA. Her book A Matter of Fate received the Outstanding Academic Title Award from Choice magazine. The present volume complements her recent work Mothers and Daughters in Arab Women's Literature: The Family Frontier.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Fathers and Sons?
2. The Voyage to Manhood: The Elusive Quest
3. Fathers and Sons in Personal Histories
4. Fathers and Sons in Works of Fiction
5. Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Politics
6. Conclusion: Embattled Selves and the Dream of Liberation

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