Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

This current issue includes four articles. Waed Athamneh's "Arabic Poetry and Terrorism: The Dictator Perishes and the Poet Remains," examines Abd alWahhab al-Bayati's poem, "Meditations on the Other Face of Love" and argues that al-Bayati "consciously uses reflexive poetry as a platform to blur the line between poetry and literary criticism and to declare his discontent with the literary scene and the political status quo in the Arab world." Athamneh then compares some of Nizar Qabbani's and Muzaffar al-Nawab's poetry with al-Bayati's. Those three towering poets of the twentieth century redefine "terrorism" in opposition to hegemonic imperial discourses and local dictators. The poets remain as beacons of resistance to both hegemon and dictators.

Robbert Woltering and Wladimir Riphagen's "Tales of a Square: The Production and Transformation of Political Space in the Egyptian (Counter) Revolution" employ Lefebvre's triad of space rendering it beyond the physical while Tahrir Square evolves as "the product of relations between natural and social objects ..." Lefebvre's conception of space allows the authors to discern the meaning of Tahrir Square before, during, and after January 25. …

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