Imagining the Arab other: how Arabs and non-Arabs view each other

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I.B. Tauris, Jan 15, 2008 - Political Science - 356 pages
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 In this innovative study, Professor Tahar Labib seeks to understand how the 'Other' is viewed in Arab culture, and vice versa. Imagining The Arab Other examines how Turks, Europeans, Christians and Iranians have been represented in the arts, opinions and cultures of the Arab world. Conversely, it also explores the intellectual representation of 'The Arab' in other cultures. It demonstrates the central role of the Catholic Church in ascribing to the Arab peoples a set of characteristics associated with the 'Other'. Labib places this survey in the context of theoretical debates, started by Edward Said's 'Orientalism', on the construction of 'Other'. With its diversity of perspectives, Imagining The Arab Other offers a new way of understanding of identity and cultural difference in the Middle East, one which goes beyond the Orientalist / Occidentalist paradigm.

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Invention of the Other in
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The Other the Self and the Idea of Citizenship
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Dynamics of Inclusion and
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About the author (2008)

Tahar Labib is President of the Association Arabe de Sociologie.  Previously he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Tunis.

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