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Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age
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What is the relationship between thought and practice in the domains of language, literature and politics? Is thought the only standard by which to measure intellectual history? How did Arab intellectuals change and affect political, social, cultural and economic developments from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries? This volume offers a fundamental overhaul and revival of modern Arab intellectual history. Using Hourani's Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, 1798–1939 (Cambridge, 1962) as a starting point, it reassesses Arabic cultural production and political thought in the light of current scholarship and extends the analysis beyond Napoleon's invasion of Egypt and the outbreak of World War II. The chapters offer a mixture of broad-stroke history on the construction of 'the Muslim world', and the emergence of the rule of law and constitutionalism in the Ottoman empire, as well as case studies on individual Arab intellectuals that illuminate the transformation of modern Arabic thought.

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‘The empirically rich, theoretically sophisticated and intellectually innovative perspectives on the nahda and its legacies that this volume offers make it essential reading for students of Arab intellectual history.'

Zachary Lockman - New York University

‘This collection of essays is an invaluable historiography and a must read for all graduate students and scholars of the modern Middle East and North Africa and for intellectual historians of all stripes.'

Mary C. Wilson - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

'… Arabic Thought beyond the Liberal Age presents a useful introductory showcase … The bibliography and the first few pages of the editors’ introduction, summarizing Arabic-language scholarship on the Nahda, will also be valuable resources for scholars and students …'

Peter Hill Source: Journal of Islamic Studies

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