Neopatriarchy: A Theory of Distorted Change in Arab Society

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byHisham Sharabi

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Focusing on the region of the Arab world--comprising some two hundred million people and twenty-one sovereign states extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf--this book develops a theory of social change that demystifies the setbacks this region has experienced on the road totransformation. Professor Sharabi pinpoints economic, political, social, and cultural changes in the last century that led the Arab world, as well as other developing countries, not to modernity but to neopatriarchy--a modernized form of patriarchy. He shows how authentic change was blocked anddistorted forms and practices subsequently came to dominate all aspects of social existence and activity--among them militant religious fundamentalism, an ideology symptomatic of neopatriarchal culture. Presenting itself as the only valid option, Muslim fundamentalism now confronts the elementscalling for secularism and democracy in a bitter battle whose outcome is likely to determine the future of the Arab world as well as that of other Muslim societies in Africa and Asia.

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Focusing on the region of the Arab world--comprising some two hundred million people and twenty-one sovereign states extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf--this book develops a theory of social change that demystifies the setbacks this region has experienced on the road totransformation. Professor Sharabi pinpoints economic, ...

Hisham Sharabi is at Georgetown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195079132

ISBN - 13:9780195079135

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"A work of courage and deep intelligence."--Hubert Mason, Boston University