​​​Changing Family Patterns in the Arab East

Edwin Terry Prothro and Lutfi Najib Diab

In this study of Sunni Muslim families in cities and villages of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, two social psychologists present evidence that significant changes occurred during the first three-quarters of the twentieth century in many aspects of Arab family life. Some two thousand Muslim women of all ages and walks of life were interviewed. In addition, census data, government statistical reports, Shari'a court records and other documents were examined, along with data from earlier published studies. Two villages which had been studied by anthropologists in the first half of this century were revisited. The authors demonstrate that many changes have occurred in family relationships in the Arab East, explore the factors associated with change, and compare those with changes in family patterns of other cultures.

English, 1974, 250 pages, cloth, bibliography, index, $10.

Technology and Man's Changing World: Some Thoughts on Understanding the Interaction of Technology and Society

H. E. Hoelscher
In three public lectures in Beirut, a former president of the American University of Beirut discussed the interaction of technology and society. These lectures were slightly expanded for this book. The author's thesis is that perceptions of technology as either "good" or "bad" are not valid. "Rejection of technology is the rejection of a tool to solve a problem" whether that problem should be solved, and by what means, are totally different questions." Because of the general nature of Dr. Hoelscher's arguments, the book focuses on questions of continuing relevance about the role of technology in the modern world.

English, 1980, 57 pages, bibliography, paper, $3.

The Silent Revolution in Lebanon: Changing Values of the Youth

Based on surveys of Lebanese students at the Lebanese University and the American University of Beirut during the period 1993-1996, Dr. Faour concludes that a normative transformation in social values of the Lebanese youth is taking place, notably in the direction of individualism and gender equality. A more far-reaching silent revolution that is seeping through society is the rise in democratic practices within the Lebanese nuclear family at the expense of authoritarianism.

English, 1998, 225 pages, paper, $8.