The Predicament of the Individual in the Middle East

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Democracy has recently gained some influence in the Arab political discourse. Nevertheless one of its essential components is still missing: the sense of individualism. Stifled by religion and the tribal systems so common to the region on the one hand, and by modern militant tendencies on the other, the Arab self has been virtually obliterated, either as a project or as a material existence. This is the first study of individualism - or the lack of it - in the Arab Middle East. It is a critical reading of historical ...

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