Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798-1939

ISBN-10: 0521274230

ISBN-13: 9780521274234

Edition: 1983

Authors: Albert H. Hourani

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Arabic thought in the liberal age 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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List price: $50.99
Copyright year: 1983
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/23/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 418
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Katalin Kadar Lynn is an independent historian living in Saint Helena, California.

Preface to the 1983 reissue
Notes on transliteration and references
The Islamic state
The Ottoman empire
First views of Europe
The first generation: Tahtawi, Khayr Al-Din, and Bustani
Jamal Al-Din Al-afghani
Muhammad 'Abduh
'Abduh's Egyptian disciples: Islam and modern civilization
Egyptian nationalism
Rashid Rida
Christian secularists: Shumayyil and Antun
Arab nationalism
Taha Husayn
Epilogue: past and future
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