Arabs in the Mirror: Images and Self-Images from Pre-Islamic to Modern Times

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University of Texas Press, Apr 15, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
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To bring new perspectives to the question of Arab identity, Iraqi-born scholar Nissim Rejwan has assembled this fascinating collection of writings by Arab and Western intellectuals, who try to define what it means to be Arab. He begins with pre-Islamic times and continues to the last decades of the twentieth century, quoting thinkers ranging from Ibn Khaldun to modern writers such as al-Ansari, Haykal, Ahmad Amin, al-'Azm, and Said. Through their works, Rejwan shows how Arabs have grappled with such significant issues as the influence of Islam, the rise of nationalism, the quest for democracy, women's status, the younger generation, Egypt's place in the Arab world, Israel's role in Middle Eastern conflict, and the West's "cultural invasion."

By letting Arabs speak for themselves, Arabs in the Mirror refutes a prominent Western stereotype—that Arabs are incapable of self-reflection or self-government. On the contrary, it reveals a rich tradition of self-criticism and self-knowledge in the Arab world.

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Contents

Nazım
3
Zeki KolaçKılıçoğlu
9
Ahmet Hamdi Abuk
17
Ali Rıza 43
18
Mehmet Hadi Abdülhadi
23
Sait Pertev Demirhan
29
Keçecizade İzzet Fuat
35
Mustafa Remzi
41
Ragıp
239
Ahmet İhsan
248
Çolak Ahmet Faik
254
Esat Faik
260
Ahmet Faik
265
Halil Hakkı
278
Hüseyin Fevzi
291
Kadri
299

Ahmet Tevfik
45
Salih Hulusi Kezrak
58
Hasan İzzet Arolat
72
Ahmet Hulusi
85
Hüseyin
97
Mehmet
103
Mehmet Sabit
109
Rıfat
115
Veli
121
Sami
128
Mehmet Alaaddın
134
Cevat Çobanlı
141
Mehmet Şükrü Sagun
152
Ferit Cemal Mersinli
158
Mehmet Cemal
165
Ahmet Necip
171
Hasan Hüsnü
177
Hasan Vasıf
180
Mehmet Mühfi
193
Rıza
206
Mahmut Nedim 2
217
Hasan Askerî Yücekök
227
Halil Sami
233
Mehmet Talip
312
Salih Zeki
325
Sami
337
Mehmet Emin
344
Şükrü Naili Gökberk
351
Ali Fethi Okyar
359
Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK
365
Halil Kut
376
Abdurrahman
384
Süleyman Askerî
391
Mustafa Sabri Ertuğ
397
Kadri
405
Ramiz
411
Arif
417
İsmail
423
Cemil Özdeniz
429
Mehmet Emin
435
Osman
442
Balkan Savaşına Katılan Ancak Hakkında Bilgi
451
Bulunamayan Yarbaylar
459
Bulunamayan Yüzbaşılar
467
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About the author (2008)

NISSIM REJWAN is Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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