About the Authors and Translators
Professor Thomas Philipp, a leading expert on the life and thought of Jurji Zaidan1as well as the development of Arab thought in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is the author of this volume. The principal translators of Jurji Zaidan’s writings were Professor Paul Starkey and Hilary Kilpatrick. Professor Starkey is the Head of the Arabic Department at Durham University, England. He is the author of several books on Arabic literature most notably Modern Arabic Literature, Edinburgh University Press, 2006 and has translated many Arab literary works, most recently a historical novel by Jurji Zaidan, Saladin and the Assassins. Dr. Hilary Kilpatrick lives and teaches in Lausanne; she has published on modern and classical Arabic literature and is currently researching the Arabic literature of the early Ottoman period. She is the translator of Ghassan Khanafani’s Men in the Sun.
1 See the earlier study Gurgi Zaidan: His Life and Thought, Beirut 1979, In Kommission bei Franz Steiner Verlag, Wiesbaden.