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THE NEED FOR AN ARAB CULTURAL REVOLUTION

by on April 27, 2013

BLOG OF KNOWLEDGE (Shari'ah, Law, Islamic Finance and Muslim News)

THE NEED FOR AN ARAB CULTURAL REVOLUTION

By Tariq Ramadan Available at: http://www.tariqramadan.com/spip.php?article12840

Culture constitutes an essential element of human life. As people have risen up across the Middle East and North Africa, the diversity of their cultures is not only the means but also the ultimate goal of their liberation and their freedom. Though imperialism was primarily political and economic, it was also cultural; it imposed ways of life, habits, perceptions and values that rarely respected the societies under its domination, that seized control of minds — a true colonisation of human intelligence.

Globalisation extends to culture, often leading, in the societies of the Global South, to self-dispossession. Genuine liberation, the march toward dignity and democracy, requires a “cultural uprising” in all dimensions of its popular, artistic, intellectual and religious expressions. The importance of culture and the arts in undertaking the task of re-appropriation is critical: the tools of…

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