Year:2022   Volume: 3   Issue: 2   Area: Literary studies

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The narrative lesson occupies a fertile area in modern Arabic criticism, where several critics have advanced a remarkable critical efforts in this epistemological area notably the Iraqi critic Abdullah Ibrahim, who consumed most of his critical project to keep pace with the narrative art, and to try to research and explore cultural backgrounds and contexts that embrace narrative texts, ancient and modern, in order to give more insight and dimensions to the depth and comprehensiveness of the critical analysis. Throughout his long venture, which lasted for more than a quarter of a century, accompanied by the obsession of pondering the question of the origins and cognitive references to derive the structures that frame the structure of narrative, and the external influences that exercise their authority on the narrative discourse in various epochs, it arose from his critical experience looking behind the narrative vision which is concerned with the epistemological examination of the Arab narrative production, and the consideration of its problematic relations with frames of reference, and sociocultural data, in methodological circumstances that appeal to texts to reach symbolic facts, in which description is mixed with in-depth analysis, interrogation and linked to each other, and to interpretation or extrapolation. Through this research paper, we aspire to uncover the intellectual path on which Abdullah Ibrahim’s critical discourse was founded. That is because his philosophy of approaching narratives was nourished by his extensive cultural studies, where he revealed the breakthroughs of religious concentration during the flourishing of Islamic civilization, and he devoted unremitting efforts to uncovering illusions and transcendental perceptions latent in Western culture. On himself, and the post-colonial margins that follow, as well as sabotaging the principle of sectarianism and seclusion under a center that claims the absolute truth, and his critical experience took its broad outlines from these excavations, and this was the intentional synergy of knowledge between the narrative and the cultural centralities.

Keywords: Narrative, Islamic Centralism, Western Centralism