Arab Studies Journal
In this issue (see Table of Contents), we are honored to feature Ghenwa Hayek's “Making Ordinary: Recuperating the Everyday in Post-2005 Beirut Novels.” This article examines a public replete with memories of violence, and how they find greater meaning in experiencing the "ordinariness" of regular life through movies, books, and art, than any "extraordinary" renditions of war and sacrifice. In it, she finds that the ordinary middle is hard to reach for the Lebanese, who have to confront the complexities of post-war life in subtle ways that continue to inhibit their ability to move forward. Geoffrey P. Levin's “Arab Students, American Jewish Insecurities, and the End of Pro-Arab Politics in Mainstream America, 1952-1973” deals with quite a different historical phenomenon. He traces the activism of the Organization of Arab Students in the United States, and how they moved from a place of mainstream Arab nationalism to anti-imperial radicalism, which was ultimately marginalized through the efforts of Zionist and Jewish student groups. The narrative of this group continues to have significance until today, wherein Arab activism in the West is still viewed with suspicion, under careful surveillance of the FBI and CIA.
We are also privileged to be featuring a special section in this issue that delves deep in analyzing "the state in Lebanon." This section features a myriad of pieces that explore the status of public spaces and the social politics that govern the everyday affairs of Lebanese people. Jamil Mouawad and Hannes Bauman write on this issue in two related articles: "In Search of the Lebanese State" and "Wayn al-Dawla?: Locating the Lebanese State in Social Theory." Dylan Baun reaches back into the history of social space in his article "The Gemmayzeh Incident of 1949: Conflict over Physical and Symbolic Space in Beirut." The final article, "On Deference and Benevolence: The Politics of Parking in Beirut," by Samar Kanafani, completes the analysis of the critical and understudied issue of the social ecology in Lebanon.
Following these groundbreaking articles are seven thematic reviews that help shed light on a variety of topics facing contemporary Lebanon, and provide a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding such issues as its domestic politics, its economic affairs, the Lebanese diaspora, amongst many other matters and nations of interest.
Enjoy a final section of select reviews that eruditely pinpoint the flaws and strengths of many works of literature written by the Middle East. Check out the Table of Contents and order a copy or subscription to the Arab Studies Journal today!
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