• Imprint: Saqi Books
  • ISBN: 9780863566165
  • Published: December 2009
  • UK Price: £17.99
  • US Price: $26.95
  • Format: 153 x 234 mm (Royal)
  • Binding: Paperback with flaps
  • Extent: 544pp
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Arab Society and Culture

An Essential Reader

Edited by Samir Khalaf and Roseanne Saad Khalaf

An essential reference for students and general readers alike, Arab Society and Culture provides wide-ranging essays and supplementary readings that challenge stereotypes and examine recent social and cultural change in Arab societies.

From investigations of consumerism and Islam on the Internet to changing attitudes towards sex, gender and homosexuality, shifting family patterns, religion and rituals, the new Arab media, and transnational Islam, this collection assesses the impact of increasingly global and mobile lifestyles on family structure, public space and private life.

The texts brilliantly bring together empirical explorations of the social sciences and intuitive sensibilities of the literary imagination.

Authors included are Nawal El Saadawi, Suad Joseph, Amin Maalouf, Orhan Pamuk, Tariq Ramadan and Edward Said, among others.

About the Editor(s)

Samir Khalaf is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Behavioral Research, American University of Beirut. He has held academic appointments at Princeton, Harvard, MIT and New York University.

Roseanne Saad Khalaf is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the American University of Beirut.


‘Roseanne and Samir Khalaf have produced a literate, state of the art anthology. The book offers students a smart, reader-friendly, and comprehensive introduction to Middle East studies.’ Steven Seidman, Professor of Sociology, SUNY-Albany

‘A practical and rich source of information … covers a wide range of topics which are at the core of the current sociological and anthropological debate in Arab countries.’ Dr. Paul Tabar, Director of the Institute for Migration Studies, LAU