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. Full text of “Albert Hourani Arabic Thought In The Liberal Age, ” ALBERT HOURANI Cambridge UNIVERSITY PRESS TO THE PRESIDENT. Audience: General; Summary: “Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age is the most comprehensive study of the modernizing trend of political and social thought in the.

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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.

Despite the academic nature of this work, grasping what’s in it is easy and not at all complicated. Since then, of course, the socialist, secular trend has proven to have been just a passing fancy. Since its publication inthis book has been regarded as a modern classic of interpretation.

Arabic thought in the liberal age, Albert Habib Hourani Snippet view – Cambridge University Press August 31, Language: Showing of 7 reviews.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. A Peace to End All Peace: The book covers the history of Arab reform in the latter part of the Ottoman Empire, I have no idea what point a previous reviewer was trying to make about the Portuguese conquest of parts of Moghul India he seems to have failed to point out the Portugues also had colonies in present day Morocco and Muslim East Africa also as around the same time alert Ottomans who fhought wrongly calls a ‘Turkish’ empire had conqured much of Eastern Europe and their Tatar allies much of Russia.


InCambridge University Press brought out a paperback edition, and my copy from a printing brags that it had then sold over 8, copies.

In this classic, though known more than read, work, Albert Hourani says that the first interest in the West was a quest for weapons.

English Choose a language for shopping. It highlights the reaction of the Arab intellectual circles to the expanding European influence that had reached the Arab world by the early 19th century. Hourani’s narration is well-researched and elegant while his translation of the original texts is also remarkable. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. In his look to the future fromHourani was spectacularly wrong. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

It focuses on the movement of ideas in two countries, Egypt and Lebanon. Write a customer review.

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Some thought the empire, though led by Turks, vital to Islam; others were ready to adopt a more particularly Arab stance.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Some of his comments approach the arqbic. My library Help Advanced Book Search. His main attention is given to the movement of ideas in Egypt and Lebanon. Within the ken of the Muslims, the world was comprised of empires, including their own Ottoman one, with which they had a difficult time coming to terms.

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Hourani ends his assessment inwhen world war upset everything, including the French and British empires, although he does carry some of the story forward. Get to Know Us. If only Americans would stop to look beyond their own alberh history and even give a glance to Europes history.

My second-hand copy has notations indicating it was used as an undergraduate text. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. No matter how they thought it should be accomplished, all the modernizers were after the same thing: The French here is not difficult.


Review ‘This classic work is as fresh and interesting as when it was first published thirty years ago. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. A History of the Arab Peoples. When Hourani wrote, he was a professor at Oxford and he could assume that all his few readers would be as conversant in French as in English. In a masterful introduction, Hourani sets out the traditionalist view of Islam and then lets it sit in the background.

It was reissued by the Cambridge University Press in and has subsequently sold over copies. Although Islam had begun retreating at least as early as when a small Portuguese squadron operating far from home destroyed Muslim naval power at Hormuzthe Muslim world was so hermetic that it did not realize the terms of trade had changed decisively for almost years.

Liberal in only a restricted sense, of course.

Some of these men were litterateurs only, but many got involved in politics. Even the “reformer” Bakhit could write: Please try again later. Don’t have a Kindle? As ofthe record is complete failure by every and all approaches.

Only when Napoleon slaughtered the Mamelukes in did Muslims recognize that they were backwards. Albert Hourani studies the way in which ideas about politics and society changed during the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries, A History of the Arab Peoples: This reissue again makes available Hourani’s comprehensive study of the roots of Arab nationalism in the 19th and early arbaic centuries.