Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226503509 Will Publish April 2018
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226499741 Will Publish April 2018
An e-book edition will be published.

No Exit

Arab Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Decolonization

Yoav Di-Capua

No Exit

Yoav Di-Capua

336 pages | 9 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226503509 Will Publish April 2018
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226499741 Will Publish April 2018
E-book $35.00 ISBN: 9780226499888 Will Publish April 2018
It is a curious and relatively little-known fact that for two decades—from the end of World War II until the late 1960s—existentialism’s most fertile ground outside of Europe was in the Middle East, and Jean-Paul Sartre was the Arab intelligentsia’s uncontested champion. In the Arab world, neither before nor since has another Western intellectual been so widely translated, debated, and celebrated.
 
By closely following the remarkable career of Arab existentialism, Yoav Di-Capua reconstructs the cosmopolitan milieu of the generation that tried to articulate a political and philosophical vision for an egalitarian postcolonial world. He tells this story through the use of new Arabic and Hebrew archives, including unpublished diaries and interviews. Tragically, the warm and hopeful relationships forged between Arab intellectuals, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and others ended when, on the eve of the 1967 war, Sartre failed to embrace the Palestinian cause. Today, when the prospect of global ethical engagement seems to be slipping ever farther out of reach, No Exit provides a timely, humanistic account of the intellectual hopes, struggles, and victories that shaped the Arab experience of decolonization and a delightfully wide-ranging excavation of existentialism’s non-Western history.
Contents
Note on Transliteration
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1 The Visit
2 Why Existentialism?
3 Commitment
4 Meet the State
5 Unfreedom’s Counterculture
6 A Beachhead in the Sixties
7 Toward Universal Emancipation
8 High Hopes
9 Fiasco
Epilogue: A Cosmic No Exit
 
Notes
Selected Translations
Bibliography
Index
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