By B. Tibi

The 3rd version features a new half 5 at the tensions among Arab nationalism and Islam coming up from the challenge of the countryside and of the de-legitimisation of Pan-Arab regimes. the results of the Arab defeat within the Six-Day struggle 1967 and the increase of political Islam within the Nineteen Seventies are the focal point of the recent half. The historical past of the research of the impression and serve as of nationalism and its contribution to social and political swap within the 3rd international, taking the increase of nationalism within the heart East as a historic instance. Professor Tibi concentrates at the interval after the 1st global battle, while many Arab intellectuals turned upset with Britain and France due to the profession in their international locations. One concentration of this examine are the writings and effect of Sati' al-Husri on heart japanese politics. Professor Tibi illustrates the relationship among smooth Arab nationalism and nineteenth-century German Romantic nationalism, with a view to be of specific curiosity to the English reader. Professor Tibi concludes that whereas nationalism has performed an important and critical position within the flow for nationwide independence within the heart East, it has because constructed into an ideology which turns out to impede additional social and political emancipation. This 3rd version, introduced thoroughly modern by means of a considerable new creation and new concluding chapters, can be of specific curiosity to historians and social scientists facing nationalism and crises of the countryside in addition to to scholars of the center East and modern Islam.

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Anis al-Sayigh's outstanding book about the Hashemites103 provides us with strong evidence revealing these attitudes and the Introduction to the Second Edition 21 traits of that dishonourable leadership. In fact, Hussain's son Abdullah declared his father a caliph through a bay'a (vow of allegiance) in 1924 shortly after the abilution of the Caliphate in Turkey. This Arab caliphate was, however, abortive. The Saudis, seeking to establish their own kingdom, ousted Hussain from Hijaz in the same year.

Only a monarchistic nationalism therefore, would be an integral, that is, anti-revolutionary, nationalism . '. 54 Thus nationalism came to provide an ideology for expansionist wars and finally the legitimation for imperialism. However, in the face of imperialist expansion, the national state began to seem an anachronism; European domination over non-European peoples was justified in nationalist terms. In so far as nationalism denied rights of self-determination to colonial peoples, it had completely broken away both from its liberal origins and from the idea of the national state that had once been inherent in it.

A system of regional cooperation based on the national sovereignty of the participating states. Since the Gulf War, security concerns seem to be perceived as more important than the urgently needed economic cooperation. 116 The idea of a great comprehensive Arab state stretching from the Atlantic to the Gulf, a dream articulated in an Arabic song I once learned at school in Damascus as a young boy, is no longer a political aspiration. e. the concept of building up an overall state comprising all Arabs in a unified political Introduction to the Second Edition 25 structure.

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