Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern by Tarik Sabry

By Tarik Sabry

During this groundbreaking booklet, Tarik Sabry is looking for out the terrain for top realizing the adventure of being sleek in transitional societies. He adopts a dynamic, ethnographically established method of the meanings of modernness within the Arab context and, inside of a relational framework, makes a speciality of constructions of idea, everydayness and self-referentiality to discover the method of establishing a bridge that rejoins the trendy in Arab idea with the fashionable in Arab lived event. In bringing jointly modernity as a philosophical class with the bridging areas of Arab lifestyle, Sabry is delivering clean tools of comprehending the query of what it skill to be smooth within the Arab international at the present time.

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The outcome is a binary structure with one group adhering to the ussuleyat (originations) inherent to the Arab-Islamic heritage, and the other, to ussuleyat inherent to Western modernity (Al-Jabri, 1989). Debate on modernity in contemporary Arab thought is multifaceted and occupies different cultural temporalities. indd 28 8/19/2010 12:32:03 PM Contemporary Arab Thought and the Struggle for Authenticity 29 concept) and, as such, is at once Hegelian, Heideggerian, NeoMarxist; Althusserian, Foucauldian, modernist and postmodernist.

Al-Jabri, like any intellectual, is the product of historical moments. He, like a number of predominant pan-Arab intellectuals, Laroui included, has had his intellectual formations shaped by key historical events: the occupation of Palestine in 1948, the nationalisation of the Suez Canal by Nasser in July 1956 and the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973. These events have shaped a whole political consciousness and dictated the kind of hermeneutics relied upon to interpret ‘Arabnness’ and ‘Arab culture’ by a whole generation of Arab intellectuals.

There are other related questions: Why not leave Arab philosophy and thought to the qualified philosopher or thinker? In fact, why should the Arab philosopher want to be concerned with what people say in the market, at work or the shisha café, never mind the live concert, the football match, street or queue? Do these spaces matter? Of course they do, for they are the kind of places where being manifests itself for us in the world; yet for the Arab philosopher, they are, in the main, part of an unconscious culture.

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