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Middle East scholars have had to continually fight off challenges to what they do and how they do it. Ignored in their efforts to help formulate U.S. Middle East policy, and displaced from positions in major universities, these scholars feel alienated. Even the seemingly successful Professor Fouad Ajami, whose book, The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey, is reviewed here, is an "outsider," Green says, in the world of Middle East Studies. Ajami's new book, which continues his exploration into the pathology of Arab nationalism, provides an overview of the personalities and events central to the failure of the dream of a secular and pluralistic Arab world. Ranging from the life and death of Khalil Hawi to a study of Egypt, and finally to the relationship between Arab intellectuals and the Arab-Israeli peace process, Ajami's book, says Green, is beautifully written and compelling.

Originally published in: Survival, v. 40, no. 2, Summer 1998, pp. 177-181.

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