Jurji Zaidan’s Contributions to Modern Arab Thought and Literature
Jurji Zaidan and the Foundations of Arab Nationalism
By Thomas Philipp
With translations by Hilary Kilpatrick and Paul Starkey of
Selected Writings of Jurji Zaidan
With a Foreword by the Zaidan Foundation and a Preface by the Author
Scope of the Volume
The volume consists of three parts. The first part is an essay that demonstrates Jurji Zaidan’s secular approach to the analysis of Arab and Islamic history and the evolution of language, especially the Arabic language. It goes on to assess how this approach influenced the secular pan-Arab nationalism that he spearheaded and which was the defining characteristic of the Nahda. The essay draws on articles published by Zaidan in Al-Hilal between 1892 and 1914 as well as his scholarly works. Thirty articles and excerpts from his scholarly works were translated for this book. They were chosen for their relevance to the topics covered in the essay. These translations are reproduced in the second section of this volume. The third section constitutes the first comprehensive bibliography of Jurji Zaidan’s works both in Arabic and all the other languages into which they have been translated over the past century as well as a list of the works about him.
See the Table of Contents here.
Publisher: Syracuse University Press, New York, 2014. Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8156-3358-7. E-book ISBN: 978-0-8156-5271-7