Europe and the Arab World: Patterns and Prospects for the by Samir Amin

By Samir Amin

This quantity makes a speciality of an initiative, initially introduced by means of the ecu Union in Barcelona, to place its kinfolk with Arab nations of the Mediterranean (and Gulf) areas on a brand new footing of equality and at the same time useful cooperation. the quantity offers a close empirical account of the initiative in addition to an traditionally contextualized, intellectually serious and politically perceptive research of many of the realities impacting in this initiative. one of many hindrances pointed out are the overriding and economically damaging impression of globalized capitalism, and the choice of the USA to impose its personal hegemonic political ambitions at the heart jap quarter.

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But behind this linguistic innovation of the dominant discourse is an ideology that must be deconstructed. In the pre-modern societies of Europe, as in the Islamic world, churches or the Islamic institution assumed major responsibilities, for example in the education and health sectors. To this effect, religious institutions had their own funds (almost fiscal returns). The same applied to the corporate bodies, through which technological knowledge was transmitted. The secularization of the modern European state and expansion of marketable services did not necessarily blot out this role of the churches.

The question is, therefore, should we insist on the need for another economic, social and political strategy that aims at reabsorbing the marginalized, or can we accept the present situation and try only to adjust and manage it? The dominating discourse would have us believe that the second option is the only ‘realistic’ one. At the same time it claims to draw a practical conclusion from its observation of the facts. The ‘traditional’ forms of social struggle, which developed within identifiable workplaces and were often concentrated (factories, administrative services, professions, cooperatives), do not affect more than half the active population, at best.

Some observations are in order here, resulting from all the studies and discussions on the subject. First, ecology has not become a burning issue in the Arab world. We have not come across even one ecological movement worthy of the name in any Arab country. There are only a few ecological organizations and they are merely cliques, without any real activities, motivated by external support and exploited by a few individuals. Second, feminism has not become a force strong enough to take on the tragic challenge posed by Arab societies.

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