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Winter 2007 Vol. V, No. 2

Inside the Gate

Reviews

Trade Liberalization in the Arab World: Multilateralism versus Regionalism
(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 Fleihan’s 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 trading system.

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.