Cultural Encounters in the Arab World
Fig. 1. Cultural Encounters in the Arab World. Courtesy of I.B.Tauris, 2010.

I.B.Tauris publishes a new book called "Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern and the Everyday" written by Tarik Sabry from the University of Westminster.

Publication Data

Sabry, Tarik. Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern and the Everyday. I.B.Tauris, 2010. ISBN: 978-1848853607.


In this groundbreaking book, Tarik Sabry is seeking out the terrain for best understanding the experience of being modern in transitional societies. He adopts a dynamic, ethnographically based approach to the meanings of 'modernness' in the Arab context and, within a relational framework, focuses on structures of thought, everydayness and self-referentiality to explore the process of building a bridge that rejoins the 'modern' in Arab thought with the 'modern' in Arab lived experience. In bringing together modernity as a philosophical category with the bridging spaces of Arab everyday life, Sabry is offering fresh methods of comprehending the question of what it means to be modern in the Arab world today.

Table of Contents

1. On Encountering and Modernness
2. Contemporary Arab Thought and the Struggle for Authenticity: Towards an Ontological Articulation of the 'Modern'
3. Arab Popular Cultures and Everyday Life
4. The Bridge and the Queue as Spaces of Encountering
5. Modernness as a Multiple Narrative-Category: Encountering the West
6. Still Searching for the Arab Present Cultural Tense: Arab Cultural Studies

About the Author

Tarik Sabry is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Theory, University of Westminster. He is co-editor of the 'Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication'.

To order the book online visit the I.B.Tauris website.