Arabic Thought Against the Authoritarian Age

Towards an Intellectual History of the Present

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Jens Hanssen, Max Weiss
  • Cambridge, England: 
    Cambridge University Press
    , February
     454 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In the wake of the Arab uprisings, the Middle East descended into a frenzy of political turmoil and unprecedented human tragedy which reinforced regrettable stereotypes about the moribund state of Arab intellectual and cultural life. This volume sheds important light on diverse facets of the post-war Arab world and its vibrant intellectual, literary and political history. Cutting-edge research is presented on such wide-ranging topics as poetry, intellectual history, political philosophy, and religious reform and cultural resilience all across the length and breadth of the Arab world, from Morocco to the Gulf States. This is an important statement of new directions in Middle East studies that challenges conventional thinking and has added relevance to the study of global intellectual history more broadly.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jens Hanssen is Associate Professor of Arab Civilization, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean history at the University of Toronto and has held visiting professorships at the universities of Marburg and Göttingen.

Max Weiss is Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.


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