Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

The defeat of the Arab states in the June 1967 war was more than a military setback. It was also a blow against the radical nationalist project and its modern and secular cultural orientation which bonded the Arab world and the West even as it provided a framework for resistance to Western economic, political and cultural domination. Since 1967, only the Palestinian national movement has continued to advance the flag of radical nationalism. Elsewhere, a romantic Islamism, brandishing the slogan of cultural “authenticity,” has posed the most consistent challenge to continuing Western domination of the Middle East.

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How to cite this article:

Joel Beinin "Editor’s Bookshelf (July/August 1988)," Middle East Report 153 (July/August 1988).
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