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الهويات القاتلة

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"منذ أن غادرت لبنان للاستقرار في فرنسا، كم من مرة سألني البعض عن طيب نية إن كنت أشعر بنفسي "فرنسياً" أم "لبنانياً". وكنت أجيب سائلي على الدوام: "هذا وذاك!"، لا حرصاً مني على التوازن والعدل بل لأنني سأكون كاذباً لو قلت غير ذلك. فما يحدد كياني وليس كيان شخص آخر هو أنني أقف على مفترق بين بلدين، ولغتين أو ثلاث لغات، ومجموعة من التقاليد الثقافية. وهذا بالضبط ما يحدد هويتي...". ...more
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Published 2004 by دار الفارابي (first published October 28th 1998)
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Dolors
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody, particularly those walking in the opposite direction
The recent political upheaval in my country where a referendum for the independence of Catalonia is to be celebrated presumably in November almost in parallel to the Scottish one prompted me to unbury my copy of this essay which I read many years ago and whose direct prose has often been misjudged as overly simplistic.
Born in Lebanon within a family of Arabic tradition but of Christian faith, forced to exile from his natal land to France in the 70s, the journalist, essayist and writer of
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Lisa
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, favorites
I return to this essay almost every year!

And in 2016, Maalouf's reflections on the link between identity, violence, and the desperate need to define belonging by exclusive participation in a specific group seem more urgently needed than ever.

While reading The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, another one of his masterpieces on changing perspectives to gain understanding of historical processes, I go back to "In the Name of Identity" to check my thoughts.

It is a universally valid account of the
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Sarah
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, wow. I was not expecting to find this book, more than 10 years after its publication (and references to events current at the time), still so unbelievably relevant and meaningful today. But I think this is required reading for anyone today. ANYONE. When you look at the world as it is today, and all the controversy over Islam and the Middle East conflicts, it's hard to understand where it all came from, and this book breaks it down, and theorizes that it all has to do with the question of ...more
Jibran
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-politics
A thoughtful exposition on the clash engendered by modern ideas of nationhood between a person's many identities and allegiances. He argues for a new approach that doesn't box people into exclusive, singular identity based either on nationality, or ethnicity, or language, which, according to him, is the main source of so much violence of the last century.

The argument is that in the age of globalisation it is no longer tenable to have homogeneous countries with single or dominant ethnicity,
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Imane إيمان بلال
"When an author reaches the last page of a book his fondest wish is usually that his work should still be read 100 or 200 years hence. You never can tell. Some books intended to be immortal expire immediately, while another, regarded as a schoolboy diversion, survives. But hope springs eternal.

For this book, neither a literary work nor a diversion, I make a different wish. May my grandson, growing up and finding it one day by chance on the family bookshelves, look through the pages, read a
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Jesus
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should be read by as many people as possible: at schools, by politicians... It may help solve the disaster we are creating by thinking that identities are exclusive instead of additive.
Tarek Amr
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-away
I liked the book that I decided to give it away to the next one setting beside me on the aeroplane as soon as I finished reading it.
http://www.tarekamr.com/2012/05/rt-bo...
Andrea Hickman Walker
This is an absolutely fascinating topic, that I've never really thought much about. I am me. Yes I'm South African, female, an Aspie, arthritic, a librarian, an archaeologist, a wife, a roleplayer, and so on. But to me, I'm just me. And other people are just them (though, given the whole Aspie thing, sometimes they're just inanimate objects). I think, in fact, that it's the Aspie thing that prevents me from seeing identities as so fundamental - I cannot conceive of a person as just a Buddhist. ...more
ReemK10 (Paper Pills)
I did enjoy reading Amin Maalouf's digression which resonated greatly with me. There are so many of us who simply don't feel at home anywhere, and that is why we need our books.We live in a world that needs to be more accepting of others and a whole lot kinder. We need to sit at dinner tables with friends from different countries around the world and share our stories.
This is truly a very compelling read, and one that is very necessary.
Hugo
I can't help but hope that this would become required reading for High School students around the world.

Maalouf, with extreme simple yet well-selected language, deconstructs well established notions of nationality and identity that prevails today - the idea that people are attached to a certain, and single, nationality or national identity. He questions it, argues against it, and eventually arrives at the conclusion that it is not only absurd, but an extreme pity that people should limit
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Zahra
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is impressing , it has these shocking facts that i think i'll Reread the book in the future just to renew the facts in my mind so i never forget about them
Cam
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a special book. As someone whose family and experience is threaded in many cultures and languages I have thoroughly enjoyed and rejoiced in this book. It has given me deeper understanding and interior strength to accept all my identities as my own. Thank you for that.

But even if you identify with only one culture or background this is a great doorway into this other reality and maybe a more nuanced approach to all our identities.

I wish there would be an edition after Brexit, Trump,
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Eileen
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
My rating: 3.5

While I do not agree with everything Maalouf says in his very thought-provoking book, I do feel he raises many interesting points about identity, particularly the migrant, or emigrant or expatriate (choose your favorite term) identity. This is a great discussion book, ideal for book groups. My local book group read this in December 2018 and we literally could not stop talking about it.

I particularly enjoyed Maalouf’s discussion of language and identity in Chapter 4 and this is one
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Sean
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely made me think about the way we construct our identities, and the problems that arise when identities are constructed in conflict with other identities. The text focuses a lot on the idea of making sure groups can feel included in the globalization of the world, because if they don't, “any human community that feels humiliated or fears for its existence will tend to produce killers. And these killers will commit the most dreadful atrocities in the belief that they are right to do so ...more
Perduto boy
Jun 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
this book gave me a wider perspective of the-what-so-called-identity. maalouf gave a clear description by being the example of his idea on identity topic.

i really like how he arranged his opinion about the complexity of identity by describing it as a reporter, not directly as a victim. this writing techniques, i suppose, allowed him to dramatized and at the same time gave an objective judgement on identity issue.

according to him, identity is a not one given "situation" where man can not escape
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Jasmin.M  ياسمين منصور
Insightful …. made me Question more about growing up traveling/ living abroad …. born in my home land libya and growing up In UK attending a catholic school moving back and living in a small tribal atmosphere ( 180 Degrees difference) … moving again to US finishing high school and in the mid of finishing college …its been a dramatic transition .. I've learned to stop trying to fit, acceptance(for who I am) and learn how to respect myself and people around me who are different from me in terms of ...more
Cyrus Carter
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On Identity is an excellent primer on acceptance of the diversity that lies within ourselves, our family and those around us. For those of us who have grown up in the midst of cultural, gender, sexual and other diversity, the book acts as a reminder to remain mindful of it within current circumstances. For those having grown up in a more monochromatic atmosphere, the book highlights points necessary to become more enlightened. For us all, it acts to remind us that there is the other within self.
Bassel Alhaffar
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's my first novel in my journey and first time to read for Maalouf.
Very interesting novel, which explains our current behaviours with regards to our identities. Identities such as nationalism, religious, and other , which were discussed in an extended way tackling different cases and how it was developed through time.
Joanka
4.5 stars. I believe a must-read for everyone, helping to sort out the questions of identity, diversity and the processes happening in the world (both when the book was written and now). I may not agree 100% with the passages about USA but when the author writes about Middle East and Europe you can only nod. A very thought-provoking and intelligent book.
Cornelia Baciu
Good and brief analysis. Read the french version, i must say it lacks structure and clarity through out. Mix of ideas that flow in a peculiar way but it is less biased than other books of the same genre.
Khaled
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On Identity is a book that challenges the mind and the heart of its reader. You cannot but go with the flow of Maalouf’s brilliant questions that open a new horizon of an undiscovered world of identity. It dwells deep down to the original question who am I and where do I belong? Can identity be only one to each person, or can there be multiple identities that a person could identify himself or herself to? Am I Lebanese or Muslim, Christian? Am I Lebanese, French or both? Am I African, American ...more
David
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Found this on the shelves at Acorn, the wonderful used bookstore that close its doors earlier this year. Not sure why this book insisted on coming home with me, but I'm glad it did. The author is from Lebanon, but lives in France. The book is a UK edition, but carries the stamp of the bookstore "Shakespeare and Company, Kilometer Zero Paris." First published in French in the late 1990s, this edition is from 2000, so it's not hot off the press. But it is engaging, thoughtful, and definitely well ...more
Katia N
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been written almost 20 years ago. In these 20 years it did not lose any urgency. Is 20 years such a short term for the civilisation or does the author touch upon the eternal issue? I do not know… But I found this little book very thought provoking . I’ve highlighted probably the half of it. So it was difficult to choose what to mention here…

Mr Maalouf’s language is lucid, the ideas are profound, even if some of them might seem simple. I think, this is because they are very well
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Mohsen
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not academic nor a narrative but an extended personal opinion of the writer.
This book is an excellent introduction for someone interested in the topic of national identity and general affiliations, be that to a state or a nation.
However, if you’re a well-read or an experienced person within the topic of identity politics it’s repetitive and relatively boring.
Interesting read nonetheless.
Souhaila
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm definitely going to reread it again.
Hotmaths
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very nice
Monzer Eskandar
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this book ought to be bigger that what it is. It barely touched the surface of this essential topic.
Adeeb
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One question: why isn’t this required reading at all universities?
Noussy
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The missing star is mostly because I didn't need convincing, I already know and expressed many times (albeit much less eloquently) the ideas presented in this little book.
William Burr
This is a charming little book, which I’m glad to have read because it injected some new ideas into my brain. That said, the second half is a little pedantic and I pushed myself to read on through.

Amin Maalouf sets out with a question - why does it always bother him so much, when people insist that he decide whether he feels more French or Lebanese? The native of Lebanon has lived in France for many years now, and he writes in French. For him, the urge to favorise one identity over another is a
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Amin Maalouf (Arabic: أمين معلوف; alternate spelling Amin Maluf) is a Lebanese journalist and novelist. He writes and publishes primarily in French.

Most of Maalouf's books have a historical setting, and like Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk, and Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Maalouf mixes fascinating historical facts with fantasy and philosophical ideas. In an interview Maalouf has said that his role as a writer
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“What makes me myself rather than anyone else is the very fact that I am poised between two countries, two or three languages, and several cultural traditions. It is precisely this that defines my identity. Would I exist more authentically if I cut off a part of myself” 66 likes
“لقد علّمنا القرن العشرون أنه لا يوجد عقيدة تحريرية بذاتها، فكلها يمكن أن تنحرف، وكلها يمكن أن تشذ، وكلها أيديها ملطخة بالدماء، الشيوعية والليبرالية والقومية وكل الديانات الكبرى وحتى العلمانية. لا أحد يحتكر التعصب، وبالعكس لا أحد يحتكر ما هو إنساني.” 59 likes
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