The Emperor is Naked : On the Inevitable Demise of the Nation-State-9781786995650

The Emperor is Naked : On the Inevitable Demise of the Nation-State

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The invention of the nation-state was the crowningachievement of the Sykes-Picot Agreement between the United Kingdom and Francein 1916. As a geostrategic move to divide, defeat, and dismantle the OttomanEmpire during World War I, it was a great success and the modern colonialborders of the Arab nation-states eventually emerged in the course of World WarII. Today, as nations are reconceiving their own postcolonialinterpolated histories, Arab and Muslim states are becoming total states on themodel of ISIS with Iran, Syria, Turkey and Egypt, among others, violentlymanufacturing their legitimacy.

And yet simultaneously, examples such as theNobel Peace Prize winning formation of a civil society 'Quartet' in Tunisiaallude to a growing transnational public sphere across the Arab and Muslimworld. In The Emperor isNaked, Hamid Dabashi boldly argues that the category of nation-state hasfailed to produce a legitimate and enduring unit of post-colonial polity. Considering what this liberation of nations and denial of legitimacy to rulingstates will actually unfurl, Dabashi asks: What will replace the nation-state,what are the implications of this deconstruction on global politics and,crucially, what is the meaning of the post-colonial subject within thismoment?


Published 15/04/2020 in United Kingdom
Paperback | 240 pages