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|Title:||It is not over yet : The arab Revolution between culture and political economy||Authors:||Tassone, Giuseppe||Affiliations:||Cultural Studies Program||Keywords:||Arab Revolution
|Issue Date:||2015||Part of:||Arab studies quarterly||Volume:||37||Issue:||4||Start page:||334||End page:||350||Abstract:||
In their assessment of the recent revolutionary turmoil in the Middle East, Hamid Dabashi and Tariq Ramadan argue that the Arab Revolution has opened up for the Arab peoples the possibility of reconnecting themselves with their own history. In their view, there is a creative potential in the Orient itself to question, from within its own tradition, the practices and conceptual categories by which the West has objectified it, so as to produce something new and original. In this article, I contend that Dabashi's and Ramadan's appeal to the Arab cultural tradition as a source of meaning for reconstructing Arab societies is a form of culturalization of politics that blots out the role played by political economy in the Arab Revolution. To gain a theoretical grip on this question, I suggest that the ties between culture and politics be severed and, in their place, the connection between the political and the economic be restored.
|URI:||https://scholarhub.balamand.edu.lb/handle/uob/2179||Ezproxy URL:||Link to full text||Type:||Journal Article|
|Appears in Collections:||Cultural Studies Program|
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