Definition of Arabism in English:



  • 1mass noun Arab culture or identity.

    • ‘In addition, his analysis of the life of Azzam Pasha and the national and economic aspirations he represented is also a reflection of the evolution of Arabism as an historical and cultural movement.’
    • ‘Banna was then able to express Arabism in ‘an Islamic framework’.’
    • ‘These two major books on Arabism and Islamism in the inter-war period analyze the role of a distinguished generation of Arab thinkers and activists in shaping the cultural and political policies of the Arab world.’
    • ‘The ‘story’ of Arabism in its broader sense is lacking, and the bases that informed the norms of Arabism throughout the twentieth century, particularly on the populist level, are largely absent.’
    • ‘Their victory reflected the transcending of Arabism by Islam, though the last remaining prince of the Umayyads, Abdel Rahman, managed to escape to al-Andalus, where he founded a caliphate in Córdoba.’
    • ‘He made the keffeiyeh scarf the universally accepted symbol of Arabism more than any king in neighbouring and infinitely richer Arab countries.’
    • ‘Jacques Berque, a renowned scholar in the field of Arabic studies, states that Arabism is a way of life as well as an affective sign that asserts itself and prevails over the objectivity of geographers and historians.’
    • ‘He distinguishes between Arabism and Arab nationalism and takes issue with authors who do not.’
    • ‘Indeed, it is only one nation that remains as a failing bulwark of political Arabism; the issue may now be the survival of cultural Arabism as the dominant regional model.’
    • ‘In its humble beginning, Arabism did not consider itself an anti-Muslim movement, but rather a movement to create an Arab entity that ‘was largely defined in Islamic terms’.’
    • ‘One main conclusion can be drawn from the discussion of both authors, which is that the foremost concern of Arabism and the initial reason for its emergence were the events surrounding the decline of the Ottoman empire.’
    • ‘Ba'athism was developed in 1932 by Michel Aflaq and Salah-al-Din Bitaar as a means of divorcing religion from Arabism.’
    1. 1.1 Support for Arab nationalism or political interests.
      • ‘Pan-Turkism was the major force behind the creation of Arabism as a cultural and political philosophy’
      • ‘These two major books on Arabism and Islamism in the inter-war period analyze the role of a distinguished generation of Arab thinkers and activists in shaping the cultural and political policies of the Arab world.’
      • ‘To Bashir Nafi, Arabism is the critical, founding component of Arab nationalism.’
      • ‘A key difference between us, however, was that the ‘isms’ that my generation had believed in had all died by the time he was growing up - Arabism, nationalism, socialism, Marxism, third worldism.’
      • ‘The Baath declared itself the defender of Arabism against its Persian and Zoroastrian enemy and launched a campaign to discredit opposition groups.’
      • ‘Egypt has no choice but to maintain a presence in a country with which it shares the bonds of Arabism and religion.’
      • ‘First, one must understand the rise of modern Arabism and Islamism in the Arab world in the context of the disintegration of the Ottoman empire.’
      • ‘It stresses the Arabism of Lebanon, the future of Lebanon.’
      • ‘This joint venture between the two sides went far towards offsetting the ideological discord between Abdel-Nasser's pan - Arabism and Soviet ‘internationalism’.’
      • ‘There are Muslim thinkers who meld political Islam and Arabism - this is common in Egypt, e.g. But they belong to a different religious and intellectual tradition.’
      • ‘Ali al-Sharqi, for example, offered a vision of Iraqi nationalism built on the historical role of Iraq's tribes in preserving the ‘true’ spirit of Arabism in the country.’
      • ‘In turn, these traits revolve around what he identifies as the two main contending thrusts of Arab politics since 1920, namely Arabism and Statism, which have defined the nature of the prevailing order among the different Arab entities.’
      • ‘Developing an Arab consciousness meant that he began to express his political ideas in the framework of Arabism and the Arab nation, instead of that of Islamism and the Islamic nation.’
  • 2An Arabic linguistic usage, word, or phrase.

    • ‘A list of common Arabisms is provided and 28 are discussed in more detail.’
    • ‘The second section addresses Spanish Arabisms, focusing on their history and phonological change.’
    • ‘He noted that some of the characters closely resembled Hebrew and Arabic letters and concluded that it was a form of Aramaic, although with ‘a few Arabisms’.’