Antun Sa'adeh: The Man, His Thought : an Anthology

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Adel Beshara
Ithaca Press, 2007 - History - 626 pages
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Antun Sa'adeh's life was a unique blend of dedicated perpetual struggle, righteous idealism, and theoretical pragmatism. A nationalist thinker who lived from 1904 to 1949, he was one of the major intellectual figures of modern Syria. He was not simply an outspoken figure on the political stage, but he attempted the revolutionary treatment of paramount social and economic ills. His well-known publications have had a broad influence on the politico-intellectual movement in Syria and throughout the Arab World. This book is a collection of scholarly articles by leading authorities on Antun Sa'adeh's thought. The book covers various aspects of his thought and not just his political views. It provides a synopsis of the work done hitherto in the field, discusses the important studies published over the past fifty years, including the most up-to-date work, and at the same time identifies the main problems that have arisen in Arabic as well as English secondary sources. Thus, it provides on the one hand a reference work summarizing previous research in the field, and at the same time it is an original work of synthesis and new interpretations.

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Adel Beshara studied Economics at La Trobe University and Political Science at the University of Melbourne. He received his PhD in History in 2002 from the University of Melbourne, where he is also a teacher and a Fellow of the Department of History. His previous publications include Syrian Nationalism: An Inquiry in to the Political Thought of Antun Sa'adeh (Bissan 1995); The Politics of Frustration: The Failed Coup of 1961 (Routledge, 2004), Antun Sa'adeh: The Man, His Thought, an Anthology (Ithaca 2009); Outright Assassination: The Trial and Execution of Antun Sa'adeh (Ithaca 2010), and several articles in leading journals on the Middle East.

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