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No Exit: Arab Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Decolonization

Yoav Di-Capua


It is a curious and little-known fact that the largest existentialist scene outside of Europe was in the Middle East. For two long decades, from the end of World War II until the late 1960s, Jean-Paul Sartre was the uncontested champion of the Arab intelligentsia. Sartre’s existentialist philosophy nourished the post-colonial Arab quest for a new Arab subjectivity, or, as they called it, a “New Arab Man.” Sartre’s political writing manifested itself in unflinching support for the cause of Third Worldism, thus framing the liberationist struggle against neo-colonialism, imperialism and Zionism. ... More

Keywords: Arab Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Lutfi al-Khuli, Existentialism, Global Intellectual History, De-Colonization, Global ‘60s, Palestinian Cause, Six-Days War, Suhayl Idris

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226499741
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226499888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yoav Di-Capua, author
University of Texas at Austin