Emperor Is Naked: On the Inevitable Demise of the Nation State (Paperback)

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Emperor Is Naked: On the Inevitable Demise of the Nation State (Paperback)

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The invention of the nation state was the crowning achievement of the Sykes–Picot Agreement between the United Kingdom and France in 1916. As a geostrategic move to divide, defeat, and dismantle the Ottoman Empire during the World War I it was a great success and so the modern colonial borders of the Arab nation states eventually emerged in the course of World War II. Today, as nations are reconceiving of their own postcolonial interpolated histories, Arab states are becoming total states on the model of ISIS with Iran, Morocco, Turkey, and Yemen violently manufacturing their legitimacy. And yet, simultaneously, examples such as the Nobel Peace Prize winning formation of a civil society ‘Quartet’ in Tunisia allude to a growing transnational public sphere across the Arab and Muslim world.
In The Emperor is Naked, Hamid Dabashi boldly argues that the category of nation state has failed to produce a legitimate and enduring unit of postcolonial polity. Considering what this liberation of nations and denial of legitimacy to ruling states will actually unfurl, Dabashi asks: What will replace the nation state, what are the implications of this deconstruction on global politics, and, crucially, what is the meaning of the post-colonial subject within this moment?
Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian studies and comparative literature at Columbia University. His many books include The Arab Spring and Can Non-Europeans Think?, both from Zed Books. Dabashi has been a columnist for the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly for over a decade and is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera and CNN.

Product Details ISBN: 9781786995650
ISBN-10: 1786995654
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: April 4th, 2020
Pages: 208