Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Jurji Zaidan and the Foundations of Arab Nationalism

Jurji Zaidan and the Foundations of Arab Nationalism (Hardback)

To Order. Estimated despatch in 1-3 weeks.
Email me when back in stock


The creation of a modern Arabic print language and the secular interpretation of Arab history were among the greatest achievements of the Nahda, the Arab cultural revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The language became an instrument as well as a symbol for the construction of national identity. In contrast to the traditional perception of Arab history as intrinsically part of Islamic history, the Nahda introduced a new vision of Arab history predating and outlasting Islamic civilization. Jurji Zaidan was one of the leading thinkers of the Arab Nahda. Through his historical novels, his widely read journal al-Hilal, which is still published today, and his scholarly works, he forged a new cultural Arab identity. In this book, Philipp shows how Zaidan popularized the idea of society that was based on science and reason, and invoked its accessibility to all who aspired to progress and modernity. In the first section, Philipp traces the arc of Zaidan's career, placing his writings within the political and cultural contexts of the day and analysing his impact on the emerging Arab nationalist movement.

The second part consists of a wide selection of Zaidan's articles and book excerpts translated into English. These pieces cover such fields as religion and science, society and ethics, and nationalism. With the addition of a comprehensive bibliography, this volume will be recognized as the authoritative source on Zaidan, as well as an essential contribution to the study of Arabic cultural history.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyMiddle Eastern historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesHistory of ideas Publisher: Syracuse University Press Publication Date: 11/09/2014 ISBN-13: 9780815633587  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: To Order. Estimated despatch in 1-3 weeks.  

Thomas Philipp retired in 2008 from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany, where he taught modern history and politics of the Middle East for twenty years. Among other publications, he is the author of Acre: The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian City, 1730-1831.

More books by Thomas Philipp

Leave Review


Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Standard Delivery FREE FREE 3-5 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

God's Hand on My Shoulder: From WWII...
J E Martin

Currently out of stock

George Washington: Military Genius
Dave Richard Palmer
Creation of the Black Woman & Black...
Sean Alemayehu Tewodros Linzy VII

Currently out of stock

Emperor King Tewodros II of Abyssinia...
Sean Alemayehu Tewodros Linzy VII

Currently out of stock

Latest Blog
#FoylesFive: Book Friday

Today's the day known as Black Friday, or Book Friday as we like to call it! To celebrate we wanted to give you money off our favourite books!

#FoylesFive: Buddhism & Meditation

Stressed? Carmelo from our Charing Cross Road flagship shop has just the thing.

The Satisfaction of a Good Puzzle

Alex Bellos extols the virtues of the puzzle, especially those from the great puzzle masters of Japan, and selects some of his favourite puzzle books.

View all Blog Entries
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd