This book is a comprehensive examination of the historical process of social formation that gave rise to the communal consciousness of the Arab nation and determined its sense of identity. It aims to provide a historical context for the assessment of prevailing concepts and suggests hypotheses for the development of modern Arab consciousness.
The book firstly traces Arab origins and the formation of Arab societies after the emergence of Islam, assessing the perspectives and factors that shaped the rise of the Arab nation in both practical and intellectual terms. It then examines the beginning of the Arab awakening and the course of its development in the latter half of the nineteenth century and the first two decades of the twentieth, focusing on the emergence of a nationalist perspective in the development of intellectual positions on patriotism and Arabism.
Preface. Introduction. 1. The Arabs Before Islam: Their Homeland, Location and Origins. 2. Islam and Arabic: The Formation of Arab-Islamic Society. 3. The Arab Nation and Its Sense of Identity. 4. The Arabs in the Age of Tanẓīmāt. 5. The Arab-Islamic Consciousness: Beginnings of the Nationalist Awakening. 6. The Development of Arab Consciousness from 1908 until the First World War. 7. The Arab Movement. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.