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Debunking the Myth of the Arab World

Philip Leech-Ngo
Board of Contributors
May 19, 2017 | 16:51 GMT
Tahrir Square, which is also known locally as
Tahrir Square, which is also known locally as "Martyr Square," in Cairo, Egypt. Defining the 'Arab World' is not quite as easy as one would imagine.
(CARSTEN KOALL/Getty Images)

The "Arab World" has existed as a phrase and conceptual tool for centuries, but its contemporary use in Western media essentially fits within the same theoretical framework that famous cultural theorist Edward Said called "Orientalism." This idea refers to the military, political and cultural domination exercised by European empires over societies of the Middle East and North Africa. ...

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