A must read for anyone who wants a better understanding of Middle East, processes going on in Middle East and Arabs people thought.
The work is scholarly and well researched, but the writing has a riveting and poetic quality that keeps the reader captivated throughout.
That is a great loss for everyone trying to understand the Arab world, particularly in these times of growing tension and violence.
A must read for anyone who wants a better understanding of Middle East, processes going on in Middle East and Arabs people thought. It is really revealing and educating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alexey Smolin
An interesting and cogent analysis of the emerging fault lines that pit liberalism, authoritianism and religious fundamentalism against each other in the Levant, made even more... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by L. King
One of the most illuminating books I read recently. Ajami analyses the socio-political events that define the Arab modern public psyche. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by Tarek
Dr. Ajami offers readers his erudition and wisdom, a rare combination. His observations on the Middle East and on the social psychology of modern Arab letters should be required... Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by Bubba Souffle
This book is an absorbing blend of history and literary criticism. A somewhat melancholy narrative of the political and economic failure of the Arab World in the 20th century, it... Read morePublished on October 23, 2005 by Pieter Uys
Perhaps Ajami's best: a legendary (and, for some, inconveniently seminal) text in the field of Middle Eastern studies and Arab psychology.
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As was written by another "(Fouad Ajami) has no axe to grind unlike Ed (sic) Said". True anough Ajami is far too busy being a perfect hound fetching and in his case... Read morePublished on December 19, 2003 by Toshie Ishii O' Grady
A lot of the subject matter is poets and intellectuals in
the Arab countries and the extent to which they reflect the attitudes on a number of related subjects - secular vs... Read more
This well-written book, first published in 1998, deserves a fresh reading. The book provides a good perspective and some answers for many of the questions that came up in the... Read morePublished on June 17, 2002 by hapixii