Why Are The Arabs Not Free?: The Politics of Writing Paperback – Jun 11 2007
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For centuries the dominant image of the Middle East has been one of despotism. Those on the right argue that this despotism is the result of Arab or Islamic culture; those on the left see it as an effect of Imperialism. In this ground breaking book the eminent Egyptian psychoanalyst Moustapha Safouan argues that this endless despotism finds its most important foundation in the divorce between the classical Arabic which is the medium of education and the diverse vernacular Arabics which are the language of the street. Safouan's impassioned argument to his fellow Arabs is that if they wish to realise the potential of their great culture, they must follow the linguistic lead of the European Reformation and develop the currently despised vernaculars. Safouan's magisterial essay is a tour de force of political philosophy, religious argument and linguistic history. It will be required reading for all those interested in the relations between language and culture, religion and politics.
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Moustapha Safouan, in this courageous and honest book, confronts head-on the problem of Arab despotism, examining it from the point of view of political philosophy, religious argument and linguistic history. Safouan’s impassioned argument to his fellow Arabs is that if they wish to realise the potential of their great culture, they must follow the linguistic lead of the European Reformation and develop their currently despised vernaculars as written languages.See all Product Description
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This fundamental idea explains part of the Islamic dilemma. However, as Islamic culture evolves, Moslems will have to discover their own solutions, of which a new vocabulary would form one element, though perhaps more as a reflection of change than a catalyst. In my opinion, Safouan's argument is too intellectual, too literary.
REcommended as a valuable point of view.
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