Winter 2007 Vol. V, No. 2
Inside the Gate
Trade Liberalization in the Arab World: Multilateralism
(Dar An-Nahar and Basil Fuleihan Foundation: 2006) by Basil Fuleihan
Yasma Fuleihan, the widow of the late Basil Fuleihan, has published this
manuscript to disseminate Basil Fleihans views on the important
role that economic liberalism plays in strengthening the economy of the
Arab world. In the paper, Fuleihan discussed multilateral, bilateral,
and regional trade liberalization arrangements and how Arab countries
are handling the emergence of an open global trading system.
He also considered how to better integrate Arab countries into this global
Basil Fuleihan (BA 84) was a lecturer at AUB from 1994 until 2000
and former Lebanese Minister of Economy.
Emergence of a Palestinian Globalized Elite: Donors, International Organizations
and Local NGOs
(Muwatin and Institute of Jerusalem Studies) by Sari Hanafi and Linda
Tabar. In Arabic 2006.
Using data that they compiled on NGOs working in the areas of health,
gender and development, and human rights and democracy, the authors analyze
the ways in which external actors influence Palestinian NGOs in terms
of their development policies and their promotion of democratization.
They investigate the extent to which Palestinian NGOs can contribute to
the elaboration of global agendas through transnational activism
and global conferences.
A key observation made in this study is that local actors and social structures
are flexible and dynamic and are able to adapt and change depending on
transnational relations, the nature of the aid industry, and their relations
with donors and international NGOs.
Al Urfan fi Masalik al Tawhid al Durziyya -Knowledge of Druze
Scriptures and Beliefs of Tawhid.
(Published by Institute of Druze Culture in London 2006) by Sami Makarem.
Sami Makarem, professor in the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages,
has written a book that informs our knowledge of Druze scriptures and
beliefs of tawhid. He based his research on The Book of God or Kitab Allah,
the divine Hadith, and the teachings of the early believers in tawhid
and some of the most renowned sufis.
Hikayat: Short Stories by Lebanese Women
(Telegram Books 2006) Edited by Roseanne Saad Khalaf
This anthology is a collection of short stories written by Lebanese women
authors who represent three successive generations: pre-war, civil war,
and postwar reconstruction. In these stories, the authors reflect on the
effects the three periods have had on their lives and on some of the universal
circumstances women in each generation face. Themes such as the crippling
effects of war, pursuit of a romantic relationship in defiance of
conservative societies, and the effect of emigration and generational
conflicts within families are a few of the many issues brought to light
in these stories. Hikayat offers a realistic and sometimes bitter sketch
of the reality some women are living.
Roseanne Khalaf is an assistant professor of English and creative writing
in the Department of English.