Book Reading/Signing: Contemporary Arab Thought: Cultural Critique in Comparative Perspective by Elizabeth Kassab

Tue, November 9, 2010 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 7 P.M.
Free and Open the Public

A close reading of contemporary Arab thought reveals the notable amount of critical effort deployed by Arab intellectuals since the mid 20th century in dealing with questions of culture and politics. To what extent has this effort produced a process of enlightenment, and in what sense? What have the main themes, promises and challenges of this process been? And how do these compare with such processes elsewhere in the postcolonial world?

This talk addresses these questions by focusing on the recent Arab intellectual history from within a large comparative postcolonial approach. It articulates reflections on the intellectual, cultural and political meaning of enlightenment in Arab and postcolonial contexts.

About the Author

Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab is a research fellow at the German Orient Institute in Beirut. She has studied in Beirut and Fribourg, Switzerland, and has taught in Lebanon at the American University of Beirut and at the University of Balamand, and in the United States at Columbia University and Yale University. She is the author of The Theory of Social Action in the Schutz-Parsons Debate.

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