Inclusing a new introduction and conclusion, this revised second edition deals with a vital yet neglected ingredient in modern Arab culture. It is the only scholarly study of Arab historiography. It covers the periods 1820-1920 (Pioneers and Amateurs) and 1920 to today (Professional Historians: Managers of Legitimation). This work is a major contribution not only to the study of Arab historiography but to our understanding of modern Arab thought.
'An impressive achievment, thought-provoking and stimulating.'
- Arab Studies Journal
Preface Introduction Part 1: Pioneers and Amateurs 1820-1920 1. Patriotic Intellectuals and Enlightened Patrons 2. Two Histories of Syria 3. New Identities and Imperial Vistas Part 2: The Professional Historians: Managers of Legitimation 1920-1980 4. Muduhammad 'Ali and the Sphinx: Shafiq Ghurbal's Histories of Egypt 5. Kamal Salibi and the History of Lebanon: The Making of a Nation? 6. The Panacea of Historicism: Abdallah Laroui and Morocco's Cultural Retardation Conclusion Appendix A Appendix B Glossary A List of Dynasties Bibliography Index