Arab Studies Quarterly

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Arab Studies Quarterly (ASQ) was established in 1979 by the late Professors Edward Said and Ibrahim Abu-Lughod. They envisioned the Journal to be a platform for academic research to counter anti-Arab propaganda veiled by academic jargon. Since its inception, ASQ has been a refereed academic journal that publishes articles on the Arabs, their history and social and political institutions.

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  • Poems
  • Warrick, Joby. Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America’s Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World
  • Arab Studies Quarterly
  • Decolonizing English Literature Departments At Arab Universities

    Education in the Arab world is in need of a revolution, and this revolutionary transformation is inevitably and intricately linked to the production, ordering, and dissemination of revolutionary, anti-colonial knowledge. This article emphasizes the urgency for decolonizing education, specifically English literature departments at Arab universities. Many thinkers have documented the connection between literature, culture, and imperialism on the one hand (Gauri Viswanathan’s Masks of Conquest, 1989 and Edward Said’s Culture and Imperialism, 1993) and literature, culture, and resistance on the other hand (Fanon, Kanafani, Cabral, Said, and others who wrote about zero point epistemology). While there have been some decolonization efforts in different parts of the world, even at Ivy League institutions (Cornell University, for example), Arab universities ironically maintain a very rigid, government accredited English and American literary curriculum with no attempt or intention at decolonizing these colonial era curricula. This article interrogates the aims behind maintaining a purely English (and American) literary curricula, especially as the Arab region continues to undergo the most violent and aggressive forms of Western intervention, which has led to massive destruction of Arab state infrastructures, the loss of Palestine in 1948, the dissolution of the social fabric of Arab societies and thousands of deaths in the past two decades. Against this destructive Western agenda, a constructive, awareness raising impulse embedded in a literature/culture of resistance is in order. It is high time that Arab universities decolonize their English literature departments, a necessary transformation that entails, to quote the title of an essay by Walter D. Mignolo, “Epistemic Disobedience, Independent Thought and Decolonial Freedom” (2009).

  • The Axis Of Resistance And Imperialism In West Asia
  • Editor’s Note
  • Syria Since 1990: Dimensions Of Conflict

    This article addresses Syria’s political economic development since 1990 with its domestic and regional dimensions; it also examines Syria’s geopolitical importance to Bilad al-Sham. The article illustrates how the US imperial wars and plans impacted Syria and the wider Middle East region; furthermore, the article examines the motives behind the US imperialist plans to destroy Syria. It argues that the collapse of the USSR in 1990 facilitated US supremacy in the world and enabled it to expand even more. The article tackles the following questions: Why is Syria regarded as central to the Middle East region? What is the US plan for Syria? Does the US Syria policy have anything to do with the Palestine issue? Has the ongoing Syrian crisis (since 2011) changed Syria’s political orientation?

  • Books Received 2021–2022
  • Books in Brief
  • Barbosa, Gustavo. The Best of Hard Times: Palestinian Refugee Masculinities in Lebanon

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