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Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798-1939 - Albert Hourani

Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798-1939

Paperback Published: 22nd August 1983
ISBN: 9780521274234
Number Of Pages: 418

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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.

'This classic work is as fresh and interesting as when it was first published thirty years ago. It continues to command the field.' Charles Issawi, Princeton University

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
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521274234
ISBN-10: 0521274230
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 418
Published: 22nd August 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.52