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Modern Arab Historiography

Historical Discourse and the Nation-State, 1st Edition

By Youssef Choueiri


256 pages

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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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Youssef Choueiri is Reader in Modern Middle Eastern History in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. A graduate of Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Dr Choueiri has published a number of books on Arab History and Islam.

About the Series

Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

This series studies the Middle East through the twin foci of its diverse cultures and civilizations. Comprising original monographs as well as scholarly surveys, it covers topics in the fields of Middle Eastern literature, archaeology, law, history, philosophy, science, folklore, art, architecture and language. While there is a plurality of views, the series presents serious scholarship in a lucid and stimulating fashion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Historiography
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies