Arab Cultural Foundations and the Metamorphoses of pan-Arabism

Abstract : This article deals with the transformations of pan-Arabism by studying several pan-Arab cultural foundations. It shows how the decline of Arab nationalism has benefited a cultural pan-Arabism, often a relay for the hegemonic ambitions of certain states, particularly those from the Gulf Cooperation Council. Yet despite its current dissociation with Arab nationalism, pan-Arabism retains its political legitimation function, which is reflected in their increased rivalries and one-upmanship when investing in the fields of culture, education, and science, possibly less so when it comes to public policy and to cultural diplomacy. Furthermore, this study also questions the rise, at the regional level, of non-governmental organizations, which aim to promote new forms of artistic expression and convey new conceptions of cultural pan-Arabism.
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Franck Mermier. Arab Cultural Foundations and the Metamorphoses of pan-Arabism. Arabian Humanities, Centre Français d’Archéologie et de Sciences sociales de Sanaa (CEFAS), 2016, Transnationaliser la péninsule Arabique, ⟨10.4000/cy.3146⟩. ⟨halshs-01846330⟩

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