Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Arabocentrism or Arab chauvinism is the practice, conscious or otherwise, of placing emphasis on not simply "Middle Eastern" but more specifically "Arab" concerns, culture and values at the expense of those of other cultures (typically countered from other Middle-East cultures and European culture). Like its equivalent, Eurocentrism, it is an instance of ethnocentrism, perhaps especially relevant because of its alignment with or opposition to current and past real power structures in the world. It can be a less overt form of Arab supremacy, as opposed to white supremacy. As Arabocentrism involved overemphasizing claims of superiority or claiming that everything is of Arab origin, this discourse may be behind advocating - whether actual or perceived - Arab influence over various non-Arab cultures as being such, or denying their true existence at all.
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