The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) has published the sixth issue of its peer reviewed, quarterly journal Tabayyun, a journal devoted to philosophy and cultural studies. Now in its second year of publication, the issue features the following articles: "Translation and the Development of Arabic: Two Sides of the same Coin" (Hassan Hamzé); "Translation's Influence on the Evolution of the Arabic Language" (Ali Najib Ibrahim); "The Role of Bilingual Dictionaries in the Arabic Translation Movement: The Case of Barthélemy's Dictionary" (Nader Siraj); "The Fate of Translation of the Sciences in Arab Culture since Muhammad Ali: An Attempt at the Study of the Policy of Translations" (Thaer Deeb); and "Translation and the Renewal of Philosophy in the Arabic Language" (Salih Misbah).
This issue also contains two major studies: "Novelistic and Literary Representations of Political Repression in Syria," by Nabil Suleiman, and "Cinematic Culture in Syria: Between Mechanisms of Repression and Resistance" by Hassan Abbas. The journal's from the library's section contains a review by Benedict Anderson, "Research into Western and Eastern Nationalism: Is there an important difference?" and, in the Reviews and Debates, Mona Sukkarieh reviews Theories of Nationalism: A Critical Introduction by Umut Ozkirimli; Shamsuddin al-Kilani reviews Hani Awwad's Transformations in the Concept of Arab Nationalism; and Mahmoud Muhareb reviews The Shoah, Rebirth and the Nakba by Yair Auron. Ziad Muna presents a brief synopsis of a number of important Arabic and foreign language works. Finally, the Reports section offers an account of the Second Annual Conference on Islamic Movements and Democratic Governance: Islamic Movements and Questions of Citizenship, Nation, and State: Historical Experience, Current Perspectives and Future Prospects", Doha, September 28-30, 2013.