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De Groove Is in de Move: Decolonizing Sex and Sexuality in Middle East and North African Studies

De Groove Is in de Move: Decolonizing Sex and Sexuality in Middle East and North African Studies PREFACE De Groove Is in de Move Decolonizing Sex and Sexuality in Middle East and North African Studies JA R R O D H A Y E S hen asked to write a preface for this themed issue, “Decolonizing Sex and W Sexuality,” I thought right away of the Moroccan writer, thinker, and sociolo- gist Abdelkebir Khatibi (1983, 47), who in Maghreb pluriel (Plural Maghreb) argued for “a decolonization that would be, at the same time, a deconstruction.” Khatibi explains that the notion of deconstruction is borrowed “from Jacques Derrida, to the extent that 1) his thinking is also in dialogue with the ‘overtaking of metaphys- ics’;...2) deconstruction, as a shaking up of Western metaphysics and as carried out by Derrida in his own unique way, accompanied decolonization as a historical phenomenon” (47–48n1). He then assigns a specifically Arab valence to deconstruc- tion: “Like all sociology of decolonization, the one coming out of the Arab world con- sists in carrying out a deconstruction of logocentrism and of ethnocentrism, that word of self-sufficiency par excellence by which the West, by developing itself, developed the world” (48). In dialogue with Khatibi, Derrida (1998) developed one of his signature concepts in The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

De Groove Is in de Move: Decolonizing Sex and Sexuality in Middle East and North African Studies

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Copyright © 2018 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
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1552-5864
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PREFACE De Groove Is in de Move Decolonizing Sex and Sexuality in Middle East and North African Studies JA R R O D H A Y E S hen asked to write a preface for this themed issue, “Decolonizing Sex and W Sexuality,” I thought right away of the Moroccan writer, thinker, and sociolo- gist Abdelkebir Khatibi (1983, 47), who in Maghreb pluriel (Plural Maghreb) argued for “a decolonization that would be, at the same time, a deconstruction.” Khatibi explains that the notion of deconstruction is borrowed “from Jacques Derrida, to the extent that 1) his thinking is also in dialogue with the ‘overtaking of metaphys- ics’;...2) deconstruction, as a shaking up of Western metaphysics and as carried out by Derrida in his own unique way, accompanied decolonization as a historical phenomenon” (47–48n1). He then assigns a specifically Arab valence to deconstruc- tion: “Like all sociology of decolonization, the one coming out of the Arab world con- sists in carrying out a deconstruction of logocentrism and of ethnocentrism, that word of self-sufficiency par excellence by which the West, by developing itself, developed the world” (48). In dialogue with Khatibi, Derrida (1998) developed one of his signature concepts in The

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Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jul 1, 2018

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