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Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798–1939

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  • Date Published: August 1983
  • availability: Replaced by 9780521274234
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521258371

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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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    • Date Published: August 1983
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521258371
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Replaced by 9780521274234
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the 1983 reissue
    Notes on transliteration and references
    1. The Islamic state
    2. The Ottoman empire
    3. First views of Europe
    4. The first generation: Tahtawi, Khayr Al-Din and Bustani
    5. Jamal Al-Din Al-afghani
    6. Muhammad 'Abduh
    7. 'Abduh's Egyptian disciples: Islam and modern civilization
    8. Egyptian nationalism
    9. Rashid Rida
    10. Christian secularists: Shumayyil and Antun
    11. Arab nationalism
    12. Taha Husayn
    13. Epilogue: past and future
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Albert Hourani

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