Intellectuals, Modernities, and the Emerging Public Sphere

Khiabany, Gholam. 2023. Intellectuals, Modernities, and the Emerging Public Sphere. In: Joe F. Khalil; Gholam Khiabany; Tourya Guaaybess and Bilge Yesil, eds. The Handbook of Media and Culture in the Middle East. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 55-63. ISBN 9781119637066 [Book Section]

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This chapter reviews and examines the question of Middle East intellectuals’ “encounter with modernity” and cultural modernization. In a large volume of scholarships on the intellectual history and their role, many have argued that the intellectuals have been at the crossroad of two distinct sources of influence: Western and Islamic. This chapter locates the debate about intellectuals and political commitment in a broader sociological and communications-inflected analysis of who actually gets to speak inside about the region, who gets noticed, and how individuals are recognized as intellectuals – by definition a public process. In examining whether the practices of the intellectuals are local and specific and unique, this chapter suggests that re-centering the debate about culture and modernity around the West highlights the very real impact of colonialism and imperialism, and projects locally what are global issues.

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9 June 2023Published Online
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