Show simple item record Moosa, E 2012-08-19T11:09:06Z 2011-10
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dc.identifier.citation Middle East Law and Governance, 2011, 4 pp. 171 - 180
dc.description.abstract Politics is regarded as a science for it tells us what to do, when it deals with measurable concepts. But politics is also an art—a form of practice, telling us how and when to do things. Lest we forget, the arts of persuasion and inspiration are part of politics. And, every art also produces an aesthetic. By aesthetics I mean, the ways by which we think about art: recall, art is what we do and how we do things. Th ose things and acts that become visible when we do and produce certain actions—jubilation, conversations, speeches, greetings, protests, banners, deaths, wounds and other expressions—all constitute the means by which thought becomes visible, effective, and sensible. These forms and visible expressions of the sensible constitute the aesthetics of politics. Only the patient will know where the momentum for change in the Arab world is heading. But, if the outcome of the Arab uprisings is unclear, then there is one certainty: the people have changed the order of the sensible. Thanks to peaceful protests in the face of regime brutality, tens of millions of people have performed change in myriads of expressions: aesthetics. Their feelings have cumulatively changed, and how people feel about governance is ultimately what politics is all about.
dc.format.extent 171 - 180
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Brill
dc.relation.ispartof Middle East Law and Governance
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1163/187633711X591512
dc.title Aesthetics and Transcendence in the Arab Uprisings
dc.type Journal Article
duke.description.endpage 180 en_US
duke.description.issue 3 en_US
duke.description.startpage 171 en_US
duke.description.volume 4 en_US
dc.relation.journal Middle East Law and Governance en_US
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.volume 4

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