The Arab Nahdah

The Making of the Intellectual and Humanist Movement

Abdulrazzak Patel

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Explores the influences that triggered the Arabic awakening, the 'nahdah', from the 1700s onwards

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Introduction: Perspectives, Paradigms and Parameters
1. Contemporary Interpretations of the nahḍah: Tradition, Modernity and the Arab Intellectual
2. The Reintegration of Pre-modern Christians into the Mainstream of Arabic Literature and the Creation of an Inter-religious Cultural Space
3. Guardians of the Pre-modern Arab-Islamic Humanist Tradition: Legends without a Legacy, a tradition without heirs
4. Language Reform and Controversy: the al-Shartūnīs Respond in Defence of the Pre-modern Humanist Tradition
5. Arabism, Patriotism and Ottomanism as means to Reform
6. Arab intellectuals and the West: Borrowing for the Sake of Progress
7. Education, Reform and Enlightened Azharīs
8. Enacting reform: Local Agents, Statesmen, Missionaries and the Evolution of a Cultural Infrastructure
Dr Patel graduated from the University of Exeter with a PhD in Arabic and Islamic studies in 2007. He then worked as a Teaching Fellow at Exeter before moving to the University of Oxford in 2008 where he has been pursuing a program of research from his doctoral work and been working on a major new project on the rise and development of the Arab nahḍah. He has already published several articles on the subject in the top journals of his field.

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