Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798-1939

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Cambridge University Press, 1962 - History - 406 pages
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Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798-1939 is the most comprehensive study of the modernizing trend of political and social thought in the Arab Middle East. Albert Hourani studies the way in which ideas about politics and society changed during the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries, in response to the expanding influence of Europe. His main attention is given to the movement of ideas in Egypt and Lebanon. He shows how two streams of thought, the one aiming to restate the social principles of Islam, and the other to justify the separation of religion from politics, flowed into each other to create the Egyptian and Arab nationalisms of the present century. The last chapter of the book surveys the main tendencies of thought in the post-war years. Since its publication in 1962, this book has been regarded as a modern classic of interpretation. It was reissued by the Cambridge University Press in 1983 and has subsequently sold over 8000 copies.
 

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Contents

THE ISLAMIC STATE
1
THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
25
FIRST VIEWS OF EUROPE
34
THE FIRST GENERATION TAHTAWI KHAYR ALDIN AND BUSTANI
67
JAMAL ALDIN ALAFGHANI
103
MUHAMMAD ABDUH
130
ABDUHS EGYPTIAN DISCIPLES ISLAM AND MODERN CIVILIZATION
161
EGYPTIAN NATIONALISM
193
CHRISTIAN SECULARISTS SHUMAYYIL AND ANTUN
245
ARAB NATIONALISM
260
TAHA HUSAYN
324
EPILOGUE PAST AND FUTURE
341
Select Bibliography
374
Supplement
390
Index
396
Copyright

RASHID RIDA
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