Abdelkébir Khatibi

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Abdelkébir Khatibi

Postcolonialism, Transnationalism, and Culture in the Maghreb and Beyond

Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures, 72

2020

October 23rd, 2020

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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.
Contributors: Assia Belhabib, Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani, Dominique Combe, Rim Feriani, Charles Forsdick, Olivia C. Harrison, Jane Hiddleston, Debra Kelly, Khalid Lyamlahy, Lucy McNeece, Matt Reeck, Alison Rice, Nao Sawada, Andy Stafford, Edwige Tamalet Talbayev, Alfonso de Toro

“It is difficult to overstate the importance of Abdelkebir Khatibi, not just for the postcolonial or francophone world but for literary and cultural studies in general. This volume will be a significant contribution to scholarship on the multifaceted and complex work of this original literary and cultural voice."
Nasrin Qader, Northwestern University

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Jane Hiddleston is Professor of Literatures in French at the University of Oxford. Khalid Lyamlahy is Assistant Professor in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Contents5
Acknowledgements7
Photographs9
Introduction13
Part 1: Critical Thinking: From Decolonization to Transnationalism51
1. The ‘Souverainement Orphelin’ of Abdelkébir Khatibi’s Early Writings53
2. Tireless Translation77
3. Abdelkébir Khatibi’s Mediterranean Idiom101
4. Abdelkébir Khatibi and the Transparency of Language123
5. Khatibi and Performativity, ‘From where to speak?’137
Plates section 1159
Part 2: Cultural and Philosophical Dialogues167
6. Khatibi and the Transcolonial Turn169
7. Segalen and Khatibi193
8. Khatibi and Derrida217
9. Maghrebian Shadow239
Plates section 2255
Part 3: Aesthetics and Art in the Islamic World and Beyond265
10. Reading Signs and Symbols with Abdelkébir Khatibi267
11. Abdelkébir Khatibi291
12. The Carpet as a Text, the Writer as a Weaver309
13. The Artist’s Journey, or, the Journey as Art335
Part 4: Translations357
14. Excerpts from Abdelkébir Khatibi,359
15. Excerpts from Abdelkébir Khatibi and Jacques Hassoun, Le Même Livre (Paris: Editions de l’Eclat, 1985)377
Notes on Contributors391
Bibliography397
Index417