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The Arab National Project in Youssef Chahine's Cinema$
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Malek Khouri

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163548

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163548.001.0001

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Resistance, Heterogeneity, and Historical Memory

Resistance, Heterogeneity, and Historical Memory

(p.135) 7 Resistance, Heterogeneity, and Historical Memory
The Arab National Project in Youssef Chahine's Cinema

Malek Khouri

American University in Cairo Press

Writing genealogy involves the recognition of disparity, of the dispersion of origins and links, of discontinuities and contradictions. One certainly needs to problematize the clear tension between the anticolonial positions of Chahine and his self-identification as a Francophone and a Francophile. While it is critical to see how France and the French culture had an impact on Chahine's cinema, it is also seminal to contextualize the reception of Chahine in France as an emblematic “Francophone” director. Instead of engaging an historical and economic analysis of the west's colonial relationship with the Arab and Muslim worlds, fundamentalist rhetoric focused on religious difference, reducing the relationship between the Muslim world and the west to an ongoing religious crusade to defeat Islam.

Keywords:   disparity, anticolonial position, Francophone, rhetoric, Islam

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