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Embers and Ashes

Memoirs of an Arab Intellectual

Published by Interlink Books
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About The Book

Hisham Sharabi was a distinguished Palestinian intellectual and an outspoken critic of traditional Arab society and culture. Despite his upbringing as a member of the privileged class, his conscious self-analysis after the 1967 Arab defeat by Israel led him to radically change his former bourgeois outlook on his society and its culture. Embers and Ashes tells of Sharabi’s childhood and boyhood in Palestine, his youth and initial political activism as a university student in Lebanon, and his life and education as a graduate student in the US. He brings his newly acquired self-analysis and sociocultural criticism to bear on the story of each of these phases. Although Sharabi wrote many acclaimed books in English and Arabic expressing his insights into the flaws of Arab societal structure, culture, and politics, it is his autobiography, Embers and Ashes, first published in Arabic in 1978, that offers a candid, poignant, and engrossing account of his own personal formation and development.

About The Author

Hisham Sharabi (1927–2005) was born in Jaffa, Palestine, and studied at the American University of Beirut and the University of Chicago. He was a professor of history at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, until his retirement in 1998. Issa J. Boullata is a former professor of Arabic literature at McGill University. He is a writer, literary scholar, critic, editor, and translator.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Interlink Books (November 10, 2007)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781566567022

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Raves and Reviews

"...eloquently depicts and critiques the experience of a generation of Arab intellectuals. Sharabi's attention to detail and his lack of sentimentality make it an engaging account of academia and Middle Eastern politics"

– A-Hewar

"Embers and Ashes represents more than a simple autobiography. Powerfully invoking themes of independence, freedom and modernity, it constitutes part and parcel of the Arab national and cultural struggle since the renaissance of the nineteenth century. Beautifully translated into English by Issa Boullata... with his masterful rendition Professor Boullata has done a great service to world literature and to modern Arab culture, literature and thought." -

– Bassam K. Frangieh, Banipal

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