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Arab Society and Culture

Arab Society and Culture

An Essential Reader


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9780863566165 December 2009 Paperback 544pp

About the Book

An essential reference for students and general readers alike, Arab Society and Culture provides wide-ranging essays and supplementary readings that challenge stereotypes and examine recent social and cultural change in Arab societies.

From investigations of consumerism and Islam on the Internet to changing attitudes towards sex, gender and homosexuality, shifting family patterns, religion and rituals, the new Arab media, and transnational Islam, this collection assesses the impact of increasingly global and mobile lifestyles on family structure, public space and private life.

The texts brilliantly bring together empirical explorations of the social sciences and intuitive sensibilities of the literary imagination.

Authors included are Nawal El Saadawi, Suad Joseph, Amin Maalouf, Orhan Pamuk, Tariq Ramadan and Edward Said, among others.

About the Contributors

Roseanne Saad Khalaf is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the American University of Beirut. Her publications include Hikayat: Short Stories by Lebanese Women, Once Upon a Time in Lebanon and Lebanon: Four Journeys to the Past, Themes.

Samir Khalaf is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Behavioral Research, American University of Beirut. He has held academic positions at Harvard University, Princeton University, MIT and New York University. His other books include Cultural Resistance, Heart of Beirut, Sexuality in the Arab World (co-edited with John H. Gagnon), Arab Society and Culture and Arab Youth (both co-edited with Roseanne Saad Khalaf), all by Saqi Books.


‘Roseanne and Samir Khalaf have produced a literate, state of the art anthology. The book offers students a smart, reader-friendly, and comprehensive introduction to Middle East studies.’
Steven Seidman, Professor of Sociology, SUNY-Albany

‘A practical and rich source of information … covers a wide range of topics which are at the core of the current sociological and anthropological debate in Arab countries.’
Dr. Paul Tabar, Director of the Institute for Migration Studies, LAU