AWEJ Volume.5 Number.1, 2014                                                                     Pp.304-315

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Arab National Identity Crisis: Political Strategies and The National Unity Conflict in Munis Arrazzaz’s Alive In The Dead Sea

Ahmad Mohd Alkouri
School of Language Studies and Linguistics
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

 Raihanah M.M.
School of Language Studies and Linguistics
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Ruzy Suliza Hashim
School of Language Studies and Linguistics
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

 

Abstract
This paper explores the conflict between the Arab political strategies with its nation in order to identify the struggle of the Arab nation with the state system (nation-state) and the Arab nation’s struggle for its unity. The concepts of new nationalism and old nationalism are used in the analysis in order to expose the conflict between the ethnic nationalism Haweyya Qawmeyya and the new political nationalism Haweyya Wataneyya. These two aspects of the nationalist struggles highlight the crisis, known as Arab Spring that afflicts the Arab world today. It is argued that the suppression of the political struggles to assert a new civic state identity collides with the original ethnic identity. Drawing from the novel of Munis Arrazzaz’s Alive In The Dead Sea that shows the protagonist’s struggle with two forms of nationalist idealswe illustrate how the novelist foreshadows the Arab national unity crisis with its political strategies and the current conflict that beleaguers the present Arab world.
Keywords: Munis Arrazzaz, Arab National Identity Conflict, Arab Nationalism, Haweyya QawmeyyaHaweyya Wataneyya,

 

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