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The Unmaking of the Arab Intellectual : Prophecy, Exile and the Nation, Hardback Book

The Unmaking of the Arab Intellectual : Prophecy, Exile and the Nation Hardback


In this book Zeina G. Halabi examines the figure of the intellectual as profet national icon, and exile in contemporary Arabic literature and film.

Staging a comparative dialogue with writers and critics such as Elias Khoury, Edward Said, Jurji Zaidan, and Mahmoud Darwish, Halabi focuses on new articulations of loss, displacement, and memory in works by Rabee Jaber, Elia Suleiman, Rawi Hage, Rashid al-Daif, and Seba al-Herz.

She argues that the ambivalence and disillusionment with the role of the intellectual in contemporary representations operate as a productive reclaiming of the'political'in an allegedly apolitical context.

The Unmaking of the Arab Intellectual offers the critical tools to understand the evolving relations between the intellectual and power, and the author and the text in the hitherto uncharted contemporary era.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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  • Category: Islamic studies
  • ISBN: 9781474421393