Being Arab

Being Arab

Being Arab is a brilliant exploration of the current political and intellectual stagnation of the Arab world, by one of its most prominent journalists.

In explaining how the region arrived at this point, Kassir turns to the past, revisiting the Arab “golden age,” the extraordinary nineteenth-century flowering of cultural expression that continued into the twentieth as, from Cairo to Baghdad and from Beirut to Casablanca, painters, poets, musicians, playwrights and novelists came together to create a new, living Arab culture. Considering the huge impact of modernity on the region, and the accompanying shockwaves that turned society upside-down, Kassir states that the current crisis in Arab identity lies in the failure to come to terms with modernity, turning instead to false solutions such as pan-Arabism and Islamism.

Being Arab is a clarion call, urging Arabs to embrace their own history, to reject Western double standards and Islamism alike, and to take the future of the region into their own hands.

Title:Being Arab
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781844670994
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    Being Arab Reviews

  • Scott

    I first read this short but powerful evaluation of the Arab world in the 21st century in the summer of 2010 and have assigned it for my Middle Eastern history courses ever since. Kassir, a journalist ...

  • Danielle Lane

    Interesting insights and valid arguments backed by highlights of history, sociology, religion and culture. I was recommended this book by a Syrian friend of mine and I am really happy I read it. I am ...

  • Sarah

    This book is answering so many questions about the Arab state of mind for me--the feeling of ennui, the the intolerance, the inferiority complex. Kassir manages to address all of these things in this ...

  • Zaynab

    Waste of paper, ink, my time and money. Fisk's intro is just as lazy as the book itself. A book filled with generalizations, over simplifications and the word malaise in every other sentence. (How abo...

  • Juliana Philippa

    Very interesting book on the current situation of the Arab world and Arab identity; a call for reflection and examinationA quick read, compelling, and very relevant. It contains an introduction by Rob...

  • Sidney Luckett

    A very profound essay on what the author calls the 'Arab malaise', ie the sense across the Arab world that Arabs are not able to determine their own history. The author, who was assassinated by the Sy...

  • Gino Raidy

    I realized I share a lot of Kassirs thoughts and hopes after reading this book. It's a short, but sweeping read about what it means to be Arab in the 21st Century, what it meant before and hopefully w...

  • Tammam Aloudat

    I wish Samir Kassir had lived to see the wretchedness of Arabs melt away, even if for a very short period, when the Arab Spring exploded in the very streets he described in this book which was written...

  • Lyazzat

    Saw this book in the library and picked up since one of the Greatest journalists name was on the front cover - Samir Kassir. Some expressions from the book to digest:" Lack of democracy may not be a ...

  • Elena

    Un libro-manifesto, un grido di libertà e democrazia con la forza di un testamento e la forza visionaria di un inizio."Bisogna essersi trovati per una volta con le proprie inquietudini di fronte alle...