The Dream Palace of the Arabs

For anyone who seeks to understand the Middle East, here is an insider's unflinching analysis of the collision between intellectual life and political realities in the Arab world today.

The Dream Palace of the Arabs

From Fouad Ajami, an acclaimed author and chronicler of Arab politics, comes a compelling account of how a generation of Arab intellectuals tried to introduce cultural renewals in their homelands through the forces of modernity and secularism. Ultimately, they came to face disappointment, exile, and, on occasion, death. Brilliantly weaving together the strands of a tumultuous century in Arab political thought, history, and poetry, Ajami takes us from the ruins of Beirut's once glittering metropolis to the land of Egypt, where struggle rages between a modernist impulse and an Islamist insurgency, from Nasser's pan-Arab nationalist ambitions to the emergence of an uneasy Pax Americana in Arab lands, from the triumphalism of the Gulf War to the continuing anguished debate over the Israeli-Palestinian peace accords. For anyone who seeks to understand the Middle East, here is an insider's unflinching analysis of the collision between intellectual life and political realities in the Arab world today.

America s Dream Palace

The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998. AlBiyali, Suhayr Ḥusayn Aḥmad. Ahdāf alJāmi'ah alAmrīkīyah bialQāhirah: dirāsah wathā'iqīyah mundhu alnash'ah ḥattá 'ām 1980 M. AlMiniyā: Dār Farḥah ...

America   s Dream Palace

As the postwar U.S. national security establishment required Middle Eastern expertise, it cultivated a beneficial relationship with universities. But by the time the Bush administration declared its Global War on Terror, Osamah Khalil shows, think tank agendas aligned with neoconservative goals were the drivers of America’s foreign policy.

The Arab Predicament

Ajami's acclaimed study, first published in 1992, remains an indispensable guide to the politics of the Arab world.

The Arab Predicament

Ajami's acclaimed study, first published in 1992, remains an indispensable guide to the politics of the Arab world.

American Foreign Relations Since 1600

The Arab Predicament: Arab Political Thought and Practice since 1967. Updated ed. ... The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey New York: Pantheon Books, 1998. This beautifully written sequel to The ...

American Foreign Relations Since 1600

Chronicles American foreign relations literature from colonial times to the present, with updated material on post World-War II.

Dilemmas of Weak States

For more information on the evolution of the inter-Arab-Arab-Israeli nexus, see Sela, A. (1998), The Decline of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, SUNY Press: Albany, NY. 5. Ajami, F. (1998), The Dream Palace of the Arabs, Pantheon Books: New ...

Dilemmas of Weak States

Given the dramatic changes that have taken place in global politics in recent years (especially following September 11, 2001), it is time to examine a series of critical issues confronting the global political economy. One of the most important of these issues is terrorism and its relationship with weak states. This book examines the weak state-terrorism nexus with particular emphasis on Africa. Specifically, it provides an in-depth analysis of state weakness, poverty, and the opportunities offered by the latter for the breeding of terrorism and terrorists. It also looks at the part played by radical Islam in transnational terrorism in Africa. Emerging from this study is recognition of a need for the international system to analyze a wide range of issues that contribute to the weakening of African states.

Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age

Abu-Rabiʿ, Ibrahim (2003) Contemporary Arab Thought: Studies in Post-1967 Arab Intellectual History (London: Pluto Press). Achcar, Gilbert (2009) The Arabs and the ... (1997/2002) The Dream Palace of the Arabs (New York: Vintage).

Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age

What is the relationship between thought and practice in the domains of language, literature and politics? Is thought the only standard by which to measure intellectual history? How did Arab intellectuals change and affect political, social, cultural and economic developments from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries? This volume offers a fundamental overhaul and revival of modern Arab intellectual history. Using Hourani's Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, 1798–1939 (Cambridge, 1962) as a starting point, it reassesses Arabic cultural production and political thought in the light of current scholarship and extends the analysis beyond Napoleon's invasion of Egypt and the outbreak of World War II. The chapters offer a mixture of broad-stroke history on the construction of 'the Muslim world', and the emergence of the rule of law and constitutionalism in the Ottoman empire, as well as case studies on individual Arab intellectuals that illuminate the transformation of modern Arabic thought.

A Concise History of the Arabs

... Oxford University Press, 2000 S. Aburish, Nasser: The Last Arab, Duckworth, 2004 G. Achcar, The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives, Saqi Books, 2010 F. Ajami, The Dream Palace of the Arabs, Vintage Books, ...

A Concise History of the Arabs

The key to understanding the Arab world - today and in the future - lies in unlocking its past. John McHugo unfolds centuries of political, social and intellectual development, from the Roman Empire right up to the present day. Taking the reader beyond the headlines, McHugo presents a series of turning points in Arab history: the mission of the Prophet Muhammad, the expansion of Islam, the conflicts of the medieval and modern ages, the struggles against foreign domination, the rise of Islamism, and the end of the rule of dictators. Accessible and penetrating, this concise history reveals how the Arab world has come to assume its present form and illuminates the choices that lie ahead in the wake of the Arab Spring. 'A lucid and highly readable history of the Arab peoples up to the present day. John McHugo has managed to show, with compassion, a good deal of humour and unerring historical judgment, the power of the ideas and the forces that have shaped what we now think of as the Arab world. In doing so, McHugo has provided a way of understanding this complex and ongoing story that will enlighten all who read it.' Charles Tripp, author of The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East 'This is a concise historical survey of Arab history from the early Islamic period to our day, including Western-Arab and Western-Muslim encounters ... A well-written, original and stimulating introduction to the Arab world.' Gilbert Achcar, author of The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives 'This concise, brilliant and erudite book is the product of wide reading, hard thinking and years of direct experience of the Middle East. The author, an international lawyer and Arabist, has managed to throw fresh light on 1,400 years of Arab history from the Prophet Muhammad to the Arab Spring. There are lively and informative insights on almost every page.' Patrick Seale, author of Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East 'Vivid and engaging ... invaluable for those seeking to understand the depth and complexity of the contemporary issues in the Arab world' Joy Gordon, author of Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions 'Even those who are familiar with the story of the Arabs will find this new history thrilling and poignant, woven with a layered texture of knowledge and empathy that deftly stitches familiar figures into the narrative in a fresh way. It is no small feat to compress the fourteen centuries from the dawn of Islam to the new Arab Awakening into such an effortless read.' David Gardner, International Affairs Editor, Financial Times, and author of Last Chance: the Middle East in the Balance

European Romanticism

Its dream palace is conjured up from the bottom of a desperate soul as a symbol of a poetic , fairy - tale - like ... According to Herder , the Arabs in Spain had left their imprint on the medieval knights of Europe in virtue and poetry ...

European Romanticism


Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road

Mustafa Khalidi and Umar Farrukh, Evangelism and Imperialism in the Arab World, 2nd ed. (Beirut: n.p., 1957), 36. 9. ... Fouad Ajami, The Dream Palace ofthe Arabs (New York: Vintage Books, 1998), 119. Ajami, Dream Palace, 117.

Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road

Today's tensions between the 'Islamic' East and 'Christian' West run high. Here Paul-Gordon Chandler presents fresh thinking in the area of Christian-Muslim relations, showing how Christ_whom Islam reveres as a Prophet and Christianity worships as the divine Messiah_can close the gap between the two religions. Historically, Christians have taken a confrontational or missionary approach toward Islam, leading many Muslims to identify Christianity with the cultural prejudices and hegemonic ambitions of Westerners. On the individual level, Christ-followers within Islam have traditionally been encouraged by Christians to break away from their Muslim communities. Chandler boldly explores how these two major religions_which share much common heritage_can not only co-exist, but also enrich each other. He illustrates his perspective with examples from the life of Syrian novelist Mazhar Mallouhi, widely read in the Middle East. Mallouhi, a self-identified 'Sufi Muslim follower of Christ,' seeks to bridge the chasm of misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians through his novels.

The Style and Timbre of English Speech and Literature

There are authors of modern books on the history of Arabia who noticed the gnomic construction and made use of it in their own writing Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey by Fouad Ajami. While for the writer himself the ...

The Style and Timbre of English Speech and Literature

The book introduces the reader into the world of mental perception of literary contents. Based on the research in modern semantics, functional stylistics and cognitive phonetics, it explores the way linguistic elements of a literary work cause readers to form a single perception shape identified as a cultural, literary or social stereotype.

Jews and Muslims in the Arab World

Lebanese - born Fuad Ajami , by any yardstick the most perceptive and elegant analyst of contemporary Arab political culture , whether Arab or non - Arab , wrote The Arab Predicament ( 1981 ) and The Dream Palace of the Arabs ( 1999 ) ...

Jews and Muslims in the Arab World

Whether real or imagined, the past filtered through their collective memories has an influence on how Jews and Arabs perceive themselves. This work highlights the effects of historical memory on the Arab-Israel conflict, demonstrating that Jews and Arabs use stories of distant pasts to create their identities and shape their politics.

Multiculturalism and Minority Rights in the Arab World

Command Council between 1968 and 1979, fourteen were Sunni Arabs; the other, carefully footnoted Batatu, was an “Arabized ... 1999); and F. Ajami, The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey (New York: Vintage, 24 See M. Ross, ...

Multiculturalism and Minority Rights in the Arab World

Since the Arab Spring, Arab states have become the new front line in the struggle for democratization and for open societies. The experience of other regions has shown that one of the most significant challenges facing democratization concerns the rights of ethnic minorities, yet this issue has largely been ignored, even suppressed, in the Arab world. This volume explores the obstacles to multiculturalism and minority rights in the region, including the history ofEuropean manipulation of minority politics. But it also explores the prospects for new forms of multicultural citizenship to emerge. The essays include both broad theoretical and historical discussions as well as focused case studies.

Conspiracy Theories in the Arab World

Ajami, Fouad, The Arab Predicament: Arab Political Thought and Practice since 1967, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. Ajami, Fouad, The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey, New York: Pantheon, 1998.

Conspiracy Theories in the Arab World

Conspiracism, while not unique to the Middle East, is a salient feature of the political discourses of the region. This book discounts the common pathological explanation for conspiricism and instead investigates the political structures and dynamics that have created and shaped the phenomenon of conspiricism in the contemporary Middle East.

Pop Culture Arab World

Lebanese intellectual Fouad Ajami pursued this line of argument in his book The Dream Palace of the Arabs: Arab nationalism and its obsessions with Israel, he said, had blinded Arab thinkers to the horrors inflicted on their peoples by ...

Pop Culture Arab World

The first book to explore how Arab pop culture has succeeded in helping forge a pan-Arab identity, where Arab nationalism has failed.

Popular Culture in the Arab World

Lebanese intellectual Fouad Ajami pursued this line of argument in his book The Dream Palace of the Arabs : Arab nationalism and its obsessions with Israel , he said , had blinded Arab thinkers to the horrors inflicted on their peoples ...

Popular Culture in the Arab World

Over the last fifty years the Arab world has witnessed two seemingly contradictory trends: governments have failed to unite the region politically but at the same time a vibrant popular culture has blossomed, strengthening the sense of a shared Arab identity. Egyptian soap operas, Arab pop stars, al-Jazeera television, Islamic televangelists, and a raging debate over the “war on terror†and the future of the Arabs are just some of the phenomena that comprise the immensely rich and diverse world of the Arab mass media. Looking at such diverse cultural forms as commercial cinema, pop music, television, sport, theatre and popular religion, journalist Andrew Hammond portrays the lively popular culture of the region, offering a refreshing antidote to stereotypical views about the Middle East. Popular Culture in the Arab World covers the entire spectrum of pop culture in the Arab world today, from reality TV shows to the power of modern advertising, as well as scandals involving belly-dancing stars like Fifi Abdo. From Lebanese pop sensation Nancy Ajram to Shaaban Abdel-Rahim, an illiterate ironer in Cairo who rose to stardom singing of his support for Palestinians against Israel, this unique book highlights the unlikely heroes of Arab popular culture. Of interest to all those who wish to understand how popular culture works hand-in-hand with the politics of the Middle East, this book is a thoroughly researched but fun tour of the history, trends, and controversies surrounding popular culture in the Arab world.

Negotiating Arab Israeli Peace Second Edition

Jerusalem: Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, 1994. Ajami, Fouad. The Arab Predicament. Rev. ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. ——— . The Dream Palace of the Arabs.

Negotiating Arab Israeli Peace  Second Edition

Thoroughly updated and expanded, this new edition of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace examines the history of recurrent efforts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and identifies a pattern of negative negotiating behaviors that seem to repeatedly derail efforts to achieve peace. In a lively and accessible style, Laura Zittrain Eisenberg and Neil Caplan examine eight case studies of recent Arab-Israeli diplomatic encounters, from the Egyptian-Israeli peace of 1979 to the beginning of the Obama administration, in light of the historical record. By measuring contemporary diplomatic episodes against the pattern of counterproductive negotiating habits, this book makes possible a coherent comparison of over sixty years of Arab-Israeli negotiations and gives readers a framework with which to assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of peace-making attempts, past, present, and future.

Arab Americans in Film

The “Arab Dream” is deeply rooted in the Arab collective memory of a glorious past. ... Arab Thought; for a discussion of disillusionment with the panArab dream, see Rubin, “Pan-Arab Nationalism” (1991) and Ajami, Dream Palace. 46.

Arab Americans in Film

Selected for Arab America's Best Arab American Books of 2020 list. It comes as little surprise that Hollywood films have traditionally stereotyped Arab Americans, but how are Arab Americans portrayed in Arab films, and just as importantly, how are they portrayed in the works of Arab American filmmakers themselves? In this innovative volume, Mahdi offers a comparative analysis of three cinemas, yielding rich insights on the layers of representation and the ways in which those representations are challenged and disrupted. Hollywood films have fostered reductive imagery of Arab Americans since the 1970s as either a national security threat or a foreign policy concern, while Egyptian filmmakers have used polarizing images of Arab Americans since the 1990s to convey their nationalist critiques of the United States. Both portrayals are rooted in anxieties around globalization, migration, and US-Arab geopolitics. In contrast, Arab American cinema provides a more complex, realistic, and fluid representation of Arab American citizenship and the nuances of a transnational identity. Exploring a wide variety of films from each cinematic site, Mahdi traces the competing narratives of Arab American belonging—how and why they vary, and what’s at stake in their circulation.

Hamlet s Arab Journey

Its opposite is a dream or trance whose victim floats obliviously on the current of history. ... Fouad Ajami's Dream Palace of the Arabs (its title an ironic reference to T. E. Lawrence) mourns what he calls the “intellectual edifice of ...

Hamlet s Arab Journey

For the past five decades, Arab intellectuals have seen themselves in Shakespeare's Hamlet: their times "out of joint," their political hopes frustrated by a corrupt older generation. Hamlet's Arab Journey traces the uses of Hamlet in Arabic theatre and political rhetoric, and asks how Shakespeare's play developed into a musical with a happy ending in 1901 and grew to become the most obsessively quoted literary work in Arab politics today. Explaining the Arab Hamlet tradition, Margaret Litvin also illuminates the "to be or not to be" politics that have turned Shakespeare's tragedy into the essential Arab political text, cited by Arab liberals, nationalists, and Islamists alike. On the Arab stage, Hamlet has been an operetta hero, a firebrand revolutionary, and a muzzled dissident. Analyzing productions from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Kuwait, Litvin follows the distinct phases of Hamlet's naturalization as an Arab. Her fine-grained theatre history uses personal interviews as well as scripts and videos, reviews, and detailed comparisons with French and Russian Hamlets. The result shows Arab theatre in a new light. Litvin identifies the French source of the earliest Arabic Hamlet, shows the outsize influence of Soviet and East European Shakespeare, and explores the deep cultural link between Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser and the ghost of Hamlet's father. Documenting how global sources and models helped nurture a distinct Arab Hamlet tradition, Hamlet's Arab Journey represents a new approach to the study of international Shakespeare appropriation.

The Israeli Palestinians

Fouad Ajami , The Dream Palace of the Arabs : A Generation's Odyssey , New York , 1998 . 14. Ibid . , p.316 . 15. Ibid . , p.318 . 16. Ibid . , p.264 . 17. For more details , see Joseph Ginat , ' Israeli Arabs : Some Recent Social and ...

The Israeli Palestinians

This edited collection offers a comprehensive analysis of the most significant factors to have contributed to the current relations between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens.

The Foreigner s Gift

An analysis of the turmoil in the Middle East journeys behind the familiar facade of Iraq to argue that troubles in the Arab world can be linked to America's limited understanding of the region, thirst for oil, and need to deal with ...

The Foreigner s Gift

An analysis of the turmoil in the Middle East journeys behind the familiar facade of Iraq to argue that troubles in the Arab world can be linked to America's limited understanding of the region, thirst for oil, and need to deal with terrorism.