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The embattled concept of ‘the Arab’ urgently requires investigation, analysis and rethinking. In this book the theme of the historical meaning of Arab identity is pursued in the hope of making a modest contribution towards strengthening viable, non-sectarian and democratic alternatives to Islamist fundamentalism in the Arab world.
Imagining the Future bridges theory, politics and literature. Inspired by Frederic Jameson’s Archaeologies of the Future, it is a fascinatingly diverse response to his proposition that ‘Utopia… now better expresses our relationship to a genuinely political future than any current program of action’ and that Utopia demands a ‘meditation on the impossible’.