The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) has published the ninth issue of its peer reviewed, quarterly journal Tabayyun, a journal devoted to philosophy and cultural studies. This edition includes the following studies: "Anglo-American Orientalism's Contribution to the Rise of Regional Studies" (Abdel Fattah Naoum); "Jacques Derrida's Strategy of Deconstruction: Demolish and Build" (Omar Taour); "Problems Surrounding the Institution of a System of Governance in the Particularist and Universalist Currents in Modern Islamic Thought" (Rachid Al Haj Saleh); "The Dilemma of the Islamic Jurist in the Modern Nation State" (Motaz Al Khateeb); "Zionist Propaganda in Morocco during the Protectorate and Following Independence: Cinema as an Example" (Mohamed Nassek).
The regular from the library section contains an extract from Chapter 16 of the Arabic translation of Eric Hobsbawm's Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century, soon to be published by the ACRPS. In "Book Reviews," Mohammed Bouazza discusses "Edward Said Deconstructing the Imperial Narrative: From the Aesthetics of Representation to the Politics of Representation" and Shamsuddin al-Kilani writes on "Burhan Ghalioun: From a Critique of the Modern State to the Critique of Contemporary Islamists' Understanding of the State". Also featured is Ibrahim Amri's "In Between: The Challenge of Writing Fiction and the Horizon of Critical Reading" and Rabah Tabjoune's "The Quest for Subject and Meaning in the Novel Valley of Darkness, a novel by Abdulmalak Murtad". In Book Features, Ziad Muna and Khaled Mahmoud presented brief synopses of important Arabic and foreign language works. Finally, the Reports section offers an account of two conferences: Ali Afifi Ali Ghazi writes on the Conference on Architecture and Arts: The Energy of the Place as a Creative Momentum for the Artist, Report on the Katara Arts Forum, Doha, April 1-2, 2014 and Rachid Yalouh summarizes the proceedings of the International Conference for Comparative Study and Dialogue of Literatures, Tunisia, April 28-30, 2014.