About Jurji Zaidan

Introduction to Studies on Jurji Zaidan

Jurji Zaidan and the Foundations of Arab Nationalism

Foreword by the Zaidan Foundation | The Author and Translators | Preface by the Author |

Table of Contents

Jurji Zaidan’s Contributions to Modern Arab Thought and Literature

Contents and Preface


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.

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Publisher: Syracuse University Press, New York, 2014. Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8156-3358-7. E-book ISBN: 978-0-8156-5271-7




Opera on the Life of Jurji Zaidan
(in Arabic) attended by the
President of Egypt

Prelude with Speeches of Literary Figures


Jurji Zaidan and his Family

Centennial Celebrations
of Dar-al-Hilal