Israelism: Arab Scholarship on Israel, a Critical Assessment
Ithaca Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
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For decades, ideological discourses have dominated the Arab world. Inevitably, this has had a profound impact on the mindset of many Arab scholars. Scholars' lack of significant area studies skills have contributed to the underdevelopment of Israeli Studies in most Arab counties. However, the persistence of the Arab-Israel conflict, the injustice that has befallen the Palestinians, and the hegemonic ideological discourses have also greatly informed the epistemology and ontology of Arab scholarship on Israel. In this book, author Hassan A. Barari critically assesses the status of Israeli Studies in the Arab world. Barari argues that, with a few rare exceptions - and despite the existence of a multitude of books, articles, and studies that have examined Israel - Israeli Studies in the Arab world remains, by and large, weighed down by one-sided projections, ideological spin, prejudice, and a necessity to expose rather than to understand the other.