Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

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This issue of Arab Studies Quarterly contains four articles.

Salam Mir's "Mourid Barghouti: The Blessings of Exile" illuminates Barghouti's stature as a major Palestinian poet alongside Mahmoud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim, and Tawfiq Sayigh. Mir accomplishes the task through examining the long poem, Midnight, in Midnight and Other Poems, the English translation of the Arabic Muntasaf al-Layl. The exilic nature of the poet's existence expresses the exile of the Palestinian people, as he reflects on the future from his position in the present, while anchored in the past. Mir's analysis expresses the role of the committed public Palestinian intellectual performed daily in writing, reading, or leading an exilic existence as all Palestinians do.

Giuseppe Tassone's "It Is Not Over Yet: The Arab Revolution between Culture and Political Economy" takes issue with Hamid Dabashi's and Tariq Ramadan's arguments that Arab Revolution has presented a probable way for Arabs to reconnect with their own history. Tassone contends that such views constitute "a form of 'culturalization' of politics that blots out the role played by political economy in the Arab Revolution." This is an audacious argument that deserves attention from readers interested in the relationship between culture, politics, and political economy.

Jülide Karakoç and Fulya Dogruel's "The Impact of Turkey's Policy toward Syria on Human Security" examines the political, cultural, economic, and social impacts on the multi-ethnic and multi-religious population in the Turkish city of Hatay. …

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