Abdelkébir KhatibiPostcolonialism, Transnationalism, and Culture in the Maghreb and Beyond

Abdelkébir KhatibiPostcolonialism, Transnationalism, and Culture in the Maghreb and Beyond

Jane Hiddleston and Khalid Lyamlahy

Print publication date: 2021

ISBN: 9781789622331

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

Abstract

Abdelkébir Khatibi (1938–2009) is one of the greatest Moroccan thinkers, and one of the most important theorists of both postcolonialism and Islamic culture of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This book introduces his works to Anglophone readers, tracing his development from the early work on sociology in Morocco to his literary and aesthetic works championing transnationalism and multilingualism. The essays here both offer close analyses of Khatibi’s engagements with a range of issues, from Moroccan politics to Arabic calligraphy and from decolonisation to interculturality, and highlights the important contribution of his thinking to the development of Western postcolonial and modern theory. The book acknowledges the legacy of one of the greatest African thinkers of the last century, and addresses the lack of attention to his work in the field of postcolonial studies. More than a writer, a sociologist or a thinker, Khatibi was a leading figure and an eclectic intellectual whose erudite works can still inform and enrich current reflections on the future of postcolonialism and the development of intercultural and transnational studies. The book also includes translated excerpts from Khatibi’s works, thus offering a multilingual perspective on his writing.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Jane Hiddleston and Khalid Lyamlahy

Part One Critical Thinking: From Decolonization to Transnationalism

Chapter Four Abdelkébir Khatibi and the Transparency of Language

Assia Belhabib, translated from the French by Jane Hiddleston

Part Two Cultural and Philosophical Dialogues

Chapter Eight Khatibi and Derrida

Dominique Combe, translated from the French by Jane Hiddleston

Part Three Aesthetics and Art in the Islamic World and Beyond

Chapter Ten Reading Signs and Symbols with Abdelkébir Khatibi

Rim Feriani, Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani and Debra Kelly

Part Four Translations