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Radical Arab nationalism and political islam

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"In Radical Arab nationalism and political islam, Lahouari Addi attempts to assess the history and political legacy of radical Arab nationalism to show that it contained the seeds of its own destruction. While the revolutionary regimes promised economic and social development and sought the unity of Arab nations, they did not account for social transformations, such as freedom of speech, that would eventually lead to their decline. But while radical Arab nationalism fell apart, authoritarian populism did not disappear. Today it is expressed by political Islam that aims to achieve the kind of social justice radical Arab nationalism once promised. Addi creatively links the past and present while also raising questions about the future of Arab countries. Is political Islam the heir of radical Arab nationalism? If political Islam succeeds, will it face the same challenges faced by radical Arab nationalism? Will it be able to implement modernity? The future of Arab countries, Addi writes, depends on this crucial issue. "
Cet ouvrage s’intéresse particulièrement à deux idéologies politiques jumelles et rivales : le nationalisme arabe radical et l’islamisme, portés tous deux, à des époques différentes, par la même énergie populaire de contestation de l’ordre politique. Il essaye de montrer leur ancrage dans l’histoire et la culture de sociétés aspirant à la modernité, exprimant des frustrations et formulant des attentes contradictoires. Subissant le poids de son riche passé religieux, le monde arabe est confronté à la question complexe de la sécularisation que le nationalisme avait cru pouvoir dépasser avec le développement économique. L’islamisme apporte sa réponse en cherchant à islamiser la sécularisation, affirmant ainsi que la séparation de la religion et de la politique est une hérésie.
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halshs-01546942 , version 1 (26-06-2017)

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Lahouari Addi. Radical Arab nationalism and political islam. Georgetown University Press : Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 2017, 978-1-62616-450-5. ⟨halshs-01546942⟩
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