Saturday, January 26, 2008

Why Unity ?

The Arab World is a loose, yet complex amalgamation of 22 countries in
which a pan-Arab identity is the proclaimed ideal by both leaders
and masses alike.

In the early 20th century, an independent Arab world started emerging
from decades of colonial supremacy in the Middle East and North African
region. In those days, the race for statehood among Arab fledgling
countries was taken over by a hasty struggle for unity.

Although strong divisions existed among Arab leaders, social movements
and intellectuals concerning what unity meant and what practical form
it should take, the consensus was emerging that an Arab association of
some sort was necessary for an Arab revival.

The mix of anticipated independence and Arab nationalism steered efforts
among Arab states toward a new regional order, one which today we call
the Arab World. But was there ever a 'unified' Arab world?

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