Issues and Debates in Arab Culture Today (ARIS3676)


This unit investigates how issues are debated in the contemporary Arab world, focusing on questions of pan-Arabism, the nation-state, regionalism and traditional loyalties, the Arabic language and cultural identity, history and attitudes to the past, 'authenticity', modernity, westernisation, attitudes to the West and the rest of the world, debates on secularism, 'neo-patriarchy', peace, progress, freedom, absenting and assertion of women's role, human rights, democracy, highlighting the role of intellectuals, the media and dynamics of public space in Arab countries.

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2x1-hr seminars/week


1x2400wd essay (40%), 1x presentation (equivalent to 1200wds) (20%), final exam or assignments (equivalent to 2400wds) (40%)

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ARIS1001 or ARIS1671



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