The Dream Palace of the Arabs by Fouad Ajami
A Generation's Odyssey (First Printing)

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From Fouad Ajami, an acclaimed author and chronicler of Arab politics, comes a compelling account of how a generation of Arab intellectuals tried to introduce cultural renewals in their homelands through the forces of modernity and secularism. Ultimately, they came to face disappointment, exile, and, on occasion, death. Brilliantly weaving together the strands of a tumultuous century in Arab political thought, history, and poetry, Ajami takes us from the ruins of Beirut's once glittering metropolis to the land of Egypt, where struggle rages between a modernist impulse and an Islamist insurgency, from Nasser's pan-Arab nationalist ambitions to the emergence of an uneasy Pax Americana in Arab lands, from the triumphalism of the Gulf War to the continuing anguished debate over the Israeli-Palestinian peace accords.

For anyone who seeks to understand the Middle East, here is an insider's unflinching analysis of the collision between intellectual life and political realities in the Arab world today.

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About Fouad Ajami

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Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the co-chair of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order.
Published September 22, 2009 by Vintage. 368 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Born in Lebanon, Ajami (The Arab Predicament, not reviewed, etc.) has written a book that is at once a mini-history of the Middle East and a personal journey into the world postWW II Arabs such as himself have inherited.

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In the mid-20th century, a visionary generation of Arab writers and intellectuals attempted to blend the best of ""Arab heritage"" with that of ""contemporary Western civilization and culture"" to create an enlightened ""Arab awakening."" In this nuanced, rich and accessible amalgamation of liter...

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From Arab academics who currently staff the many "research centres" in Egypt, much of North Africa, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza (whose "research" and "researchers" are funded by US, German, and French foundations, not to mention the US Endowment for Democracy and other such "democracy...

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