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Resistance, Heterogeneity, and Historical Memory

Malek Khouri

in The Arab National Project in Youssef Chahine's Cinema

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163548
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970153 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163548.003.0007
Resistance, Heterogeneity, and Historical Memory

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Writing genealogy involves the recognition of disparity, of the dispersion of origins and links, of discontinuities and contradictions. One certainly needs to problematize the clear tension between the anticolonial positions of Chahine and his self-identification as a Francophone and a Francophile. While it is critical to see how France and the French culture had an impact on Chahine's cinema, it is also seminal to contextualize the reception of Chahine in France as an emblematic “Francophone” director. Instead of engaging an historical and economic analysis of the west's colonial relationship with the Arab and Muslim worlds, fundamentalist rhetoric focused on religious difference, reducing the relationship between the Muslim world and the west to an ongoing religious crusade to defeat Islam.

Keywords: disparity; anticolonial position; Francophone; rhetoric; Islam

Chapter.  4694 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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