East and West
Preface and Acknowledgments
The first seven of the essays collected in this book deal with Western intellectuals; in fact, with a largely British tradition of cultural criticism. The last three essays deal with Arab intellectuals and Arab literary and cultural concerns.
Written over the period of some thirty years, one of these essays was published in 1987 and four were published in the first decade of this century in academic journals. The rest, again written in different periods, have not been published before. Six of these papers were delivered at international conferences.
I would like to thank the editors of Neohelicon for the permission to reprint “The Literary and Cultural Criticism of Raymond Williams” (read at the Colloquium of the International Comparative Literature Association, “Literature and Values”, held at the University of Sussex, UK, August 1985), the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Arabic/English Studies for his permission to reprint “Poetics of Exile and Identity: The Case of Modern Iraqi Poetry” (read at the Sixth British Council Symposium on English Studies in Europe, held in Delphi, Greece, 7–13 September, 2003), “Power and the Radical Arab Intellectual” (read at the Eighth International Symposium on Comparative Literature, “Power and the Role of the Intellectual”, held at the English Department, Cairo University, Egypt, 22–24 November, 2005), and ← VII | VIII → “Islamophobia and the Intellectuals” (read at the “Fear of the Other” Colloquium organized by the Sorbonne/Abu Dhabi University in Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, 17–19 March...
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