The arab world is not one shaped by islam nor one simply explained by reference to the sectarian conflicts of a mosaic society instead barakat reveals a society that is highly complex with many and various contending polarities. This wide ranging examination of arab society and culture offers a unique opportunity to know the arab world from an arab point of view halim barakat an expatriate syrian who is both scholar and novelist emphasizes the dynamic changes and diverse patterns that have characterized the middle east . It is a society in a state of becoming and change one whose social contradictions are at the root of the struggle to transcend dehumanizing conditions arguing from a perspective that is both radical and critical barakat is committed to the improvement of human conditions in the arab world. The arab world society culture and state user review not available book verdict this scholarly work by sometime novelist barakat sociology georgetown univ is a thorough theoretical yet practical analysis of arab society. The author of this broad survey of the contemporary arab world is a syrian born sociologist and author he is also a strong advocate of revolutionary transformation of the arab world which he believes has a future as a unified nation democratic secular and egalitarian
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