Fear and Anxiety in the Arab World

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida

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Michel Nehme is the first to argue that a little-discussed aspect of Arab society and government--the fear that is both used as a weapon by government and felt by the people--has created some of the region's most deep-seated problems and hindered the development and growth of the Arab people. He maintains that collective fear and anxiety play major roles in the continuing political and social disorder of the Middle East. Nehme shows that fear and anxiety are commonplace concepts, and they keep us alert and socially engaged as individuals. Collectively, however, these emotions are dangerous, fueling the violence at loose in the Middle East today. With examples drawn from the World Trade Center tragedy and its aftermath, Nehme explores how fear affects broad political concerns, such as the peace negotiations between the Arabs and Israelis, as well as matters of daily life: whole generations now grow up without a sense of safety, without trust, and without hope that a decent life in the current political environment is possible. In addition, Nehme takes issue with

Author Biography

Michel G. Nehme is professor and dean of the faculty of political science, public administration, and diplomacy at the Notre Dame University, Lebanon.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Fear and Anxiety as Concepts Linking Psychology and Political Studies
The Hidden Drives of Arab Politics
Arab Political Identity in Crisis
Nationalism: From the Power of Fear to the Fear of Power
Arab Minorities: Individuals' Fear Absorbed in Groups' Anxieties
Religion: Appeasing Psychological Fear and Creating Political Instability
Fear, the Self, and Arab Culture
Notes 153(14)
Bibliography 167(22)
Index 189

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