Books Price Comparison (Including Amazon) - Guaranteed Lowest Prices on Books


Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey

Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey
Author: Fouad Ajami
ISBN 13: 9780375704741
ISBN 10: 375704744
Edition: 1st Vintage Books Ed
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 1999-06-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $16.95

From Fouad Ajami, an acclaimed author and chronicler of Arab politics, comes a compelling account of how a generation of Arab intellectuals tried to introduce cultural renewals in their homelands through the forces of modernity and secularism. Ultimately, they came to face disappointment, exile, and, on occasion, death. Brilliantly weaving together the strands of a tumultuous century in Arab political thought, history, and poetry, Ajami takes us from the ruins of Beirut's once glittering metropolis to the land of Egypt, where struggle rages between a modernist impulse and an Islamist insurgency, from Nasser's pan-Arab nationalist ambitions to the emergence of an uneasy Pax Americana in Arab lands, from the triumphalism of the Gulf War to the continuing anguished debate over the Israeli-Palestinian peace accords.

For anyone who seeks to understand the Middle East, here is an insider's unflinching analysis of the collision between intellectual life and political realities in the Arab world today.

NY Times Book Review

A vivid account of how, in the author's view, Arab writers and intellectuals have neither accommodated to international reality nor joined to create the Arab world they badly need.