In This Arab Time

In This Arab Time

The Pursuit of Deliverance

Author: Fouad Ajami
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1494-3
Publication Date: 11/15/2014

“Truths about the Arab world that were to be kept unnamed and unacknowledged”—from the Introduction to In This Arab Time

In this collection of bold and wide-ranging essays, Fouad Ajami offers his views on the Middle East, commenting on the state of affairs in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and more. He brings into focus the current struggles of the region through detailed historical standpoints and a highly personal perspective.

The author discusses such landmark past events as the Algerian civil war, the state of the Arab world shortly after 9/11, and the pan-Arab awakening that began in 2011, as well as current events such as the Syrian rebellion and the repercussions of its brutal response from Bashar al-Assad. In addition, he sheds new light on some of the significant players in the Arab world, past and present, from Naguib Mahfouz, the Nobel laureate of the Arabs, to Ziad Jarrah—the terrorist who is thought to have been at the controls of the plane forced down by its heroic passengers in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on 9/11.

Fouad Ajami was a MacArthur Fellow, a Lebanese-born American university professor, and a prolific writer on Middle Eastern issues. He was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the cochair of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order. From 1980 to 2011 he was a professor and director of Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has written numerous books, including The Arab Predicament, Beirut: City of Regrets, The Foreigner's Gift, and The Syrian Rebellion. He died in June 2014.

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Fouad Ajami

Fouad Ajami was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the cochair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order. He was also the Majid Khadurri Professor of Middle East Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies.

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Contents

Foreword by John Raisian
In Memoriam: Our Magus by Charles Hill

Acknowledgements
Introduction: A World Foreshadowed

Part I
1      The Arab Awakening, 2011: The Year of Living Dangerously
2      The Honor of Aleppo: A Syrian Novel and a Syrian Revolution

Part II
3      The Sorrows of Egypt
4      The Secular Inheritance
5      The Sentry's Solitude: Pax Americana in the Arab World
6      The Making of a Hijacker: The Banal Lie and Barbarous Deeds of a 9/11 Terrorist
7      Writing Iraq

Part III
8      The Furrows of Algeria
9      The Traveler's Luck: V.S. Naipaul's Misunderstanding of Islam
10      The Humanist in the Alleys: Naguib Mahfouz, 1911-2006

Part IV
11      The Making of Strangers: Muslims, Jews, and the Other 1492

About the Author
About the Hoover Institution's Working Group on Islamism and the International Order
Index



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