Self-Criticism After the Defeat

The first English translation of this seminal work and milestone in modern Arab intellectual history. Professor al-Azm analyses the reasons for the Arabs’ defeat against Israel in the 1967 war, and criticises a culture of concealment, denial and evasion, proposing that Arabs take responsibility for their state of affairs.

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Paperback: 191 pages
Publisher: Saqi Books (April 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0863564887
ISBN-13: 9780863564888
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches

The 1967 War—which led to the defeat of Syria, Jordan, and Egypt by Israel—felt like an unprecedented and unimaginable disaster for the Arab world at the time. For many, the easiest solution was to shift the blame and to ignore some of the glaring defects of Arab society.

Hailed as one of the foremost Arab intellectuals of recent decades, Sadik al-Azm was one of the few to challenge such a view in his seminal Self-Criticism After the Defeat. In it, he offered a penetrating analysis that probed deep into Arab society and reasoned that Arabs had to embrace democracy, gender equality, and science to achieve progress.

Self-Criticism After the Defeat represents a milestone in modern Arab intellectual history. It marked a turning point in Arab discourse about society and politics on publication in 1968 and spawned other intellectual ventures into Arab self-criticism. This book is the first translation of the work into English.


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