The Arab Middle East and Muslim Africa

The Arab Middle East and Muslim Africa

The Arab Middle East and Muslim Africa

The Arab Middle East and Muslim Africa

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The seven studies composing this volume were originally presented by the authors at the Third Annual Roundtable Conference of the Georgetown University's Institute of Ethnic Studies.

The Conference, held on April 29 and 30 of this year, was devoted to an analysis and interpretation of the developments and issues which profoundly affected the Arab Middle East and Muslim Africa. It dealt with the mighty force of Islam and the many and vehement challenges to which it is now exposed; it treated of the truly revolutionary, political, social and economic changes that occurred in the Arab Middle East during the last decade; it dealt with the new intellectual and cultural attitudes of the young Arab generation; it analyzed the problem of awakened national consciousness of Islamic Africa and posed the question of whether it will replace Islam as the unifying principle of the many regions of tropical Africa; and finally it investigated the prospects of a United Maghrib, i.e., the chances of a union of Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

As director of the Institute and editor of its publications, I wish to thank the authors for their penetrating contributions, the President and Directors of Georgetown University for their interest in and support of the Institute, my colleagues on the Staff for their voluntary services, the Annual Giving Fund of Georgetown University for the generous grant, and the Publisher for sharing this venture.

TIBOR KEREKES Washington, D.C. August, 1960 . . .

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