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The Crisis of the Arab Intellectual: Traditionalism or Historicism?

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Hardcover, 180 pages
Published January 6th 1977 by University of California Press (first published 1976)
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عبد الله العروي

Abdallah Laroui ( born 1933, in Azemmour) (Arabic: عبدالله العروي) is a Moroccan historian and novelist writing in Arabic and French. He is considered one of Morocco's leading intellectuals. Laroui taught at the University Mohammed V in Rabat until 2000. (Wiki)
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“When dealing with Arab society, [we are dealing with] a production system that is in competition with others (and not with a theoretical opposition between specific economic rationalities), a social structure that must at all times prove its viability in the world arena (and not with its inner logic, which is theoretically as total, as elegant, and plausible as that of any other society whatever), a practical politics that is in perpetual disequilibrium (and not with elaborate theories about the best form of government), a language that must constantly prove its creativity and capacity for adaptation in competition with other languages in an accelerating evolutionary situation (and not with a theory of the language at a given moment of its evolution).” 1 likes
“While recognising the possibilities offered by the reformulation of classical Arab culture in the light of contemporary theoritical trends, while applauding the many efforts being made in this direction, and while feeling as much pride in this culture as any other Arab intellectual, it seems to m important nevertheless to retain the problem of “cultural retardation” at the centre of our thinking” 1 likes
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