The politics of the urban big bourgeoisie. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. The Arab world : society, culture, and state Marriage and Divorce Patterns. This scholarly work by sometime novelist Barakat sociology, Georgetown Univ. Halim Barakat, an expatriate Syrian who is both scholar and novelist, emphasizes the dynamic changes and diverse patterns that have characterized the Middle East since the mid-nineteenth century. English View all editions and formats Summary: Drawing on his own firsthand knowledge of the area and on an exhaustive review of the available literature both annd English and ArabicBarakat presents a critical analysis of the historical and structural forces that shaped Arab society.
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He is also a strong advocate of revolutionary transformation of the Arab world, which he believes has a future as a unified nation--democratic, secular and egalitarian. This vision of the future, and the glaring contrast between it and the present, creates the analytical framework of this ambitious book. Barakat is harsh both in his critique of virtually all Western scholarship on the Arab world and in his own assessment of Arab society including the role of Islam.
His differences with non-Arab scholars often seem to involve little more than his own good intentions. He criticizes Arab society in order to transform it, whereas others have done so to dominate and demoralize it. Apart from this irritating perspective, the book is often insightful concerning problems of the Arab world.
Little attention is paid, for example, to the role of education, or to what the state does or does not do to foster social change. The author seems to believe that change will come when his revolutionary ideas enter the consciousness of the Arab masses. For a sociologist, this is a remarkably idealistic view. Author Bio.
The Arab World: Society, Culture, and State
The Arab world : society, culture, and state