The Arab awakening: the story of the Arab national movement. by Antonius, George. Publication date Topics Middle East — History. ANTONIUS, GEORGE. The Arab Awakening: A History of the Arab National Movement. Pp. xi, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $ Show all. Mr. Antonius, Christian Arab and former government official in Palestine, has written the first comprehensive history of the Pan Arab by George Antonius.

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Want to Read saving…. He saw the role of the American University of Beirut originally the Syrian Protestant College as central to this development, although he noted that by the end of the 19th century that role had diminished because the college initiated instruction in English.

In addition to the narrative account and assessments of military and political leaders, including Lawrence of Arabia, the book contains a set of documents of fundamental importance qntonius the history of the Arab revival. It is not a neutral work, and it does not pretend to be so: Instead, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, made by the European Allies completely over the heads of the Arab people, was aimed at essentially turning the Arab lands into a new colonialist frontier between Britain and France.

It generated an ongoing debate over such issues as the origins of Arab nationalism, the significance of the Arab Revolt ofand the machinations behind the post-World War I political settlement in the Middle East.

The final third covers post-war developments and how the Arabs were denied many, if not most, of their demands and the promises that had been made to them prior to the conflict.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. LPenting rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Views Read Edit View history. According to Antonius, American missionaries, educators and institutions played a critical role in the development of American soft power during the Edwardian era and after World War I.


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The Arab Awakening: The Story of the Arab National Movement by George Antonius

Antonius is not without critique of his own countrymen. After several years of travel gsorge research in all parts of the Arab world, the author managed to gain access to all the relevant material necessary to the writing of a book anfonius as this – much of the material having been unavailable to other writers on the subject.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A sweeping and remarkable account of Arab modernity up throughwhen the awakenibg was first published.

Aug 05, Andrew rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is viewed as the foundational textbook of the history of modern Arab nationalism.

Theories of history books Books about the Arab—Israeli conflict Georgw conflict books Arab nationalism. He places the birth of this movement in the hands of Muhammad Ali, whose expulsion of the Emirate of Diriyah the first Saudi state from the Holy Lands and governorship of Syria puts him in a good position to form an Arab empire.

The Arab Awakening: The Story of the Arab National Movement

Mohammed Alattas rated it really liked it Feb 26, Thanks for telling us about the problem. And in telling that story, Antonius does not place himself as a disinterested observer but as an insider and an advocate.

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It was a testament to their discipline that despite arbitrary arrests and torture employed by the Turkish secret police, their existence remained hidden from the Turks until after the World War.

Dec 28, Spencer rated raab liked it. Antonius is writing from within the historical dynamics that he attempts to describe. Books by George Antonius. Paperbackpages.

He argued that the Arab nation which consists of racial and cultural-linguistic elements was “dormant” for centuries, and that institutions established by Protestant missionaries and educators from the United States had a specific role in the renewal and “awakening” georgf Arabic as a national awakebing.


To ask other readers questions about The Arab Awakeningplease sign up. I think reading this book will give a huge insight about how many of the issues in the middle east awakennig and how somehow the middle east shaped to be what it is now.

What makes this book special to me is mainly two things, the fact that it has a pre world war 2 perspective and the effort and research the author put into making it.

Perla Aouad rated it really liked it Apr 20, antoniks Oct 30, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: From a literary perspective, I found the excessive detail in the middle section, concerning World War I, unnecessary.

This correspondence between arba British High Commissioner in Egypt and the Sherif of Mecca occurred between October and January and was not officially released until the London Conference. It was with these assurances that, on June 10,the Sherif ordered his army to attack the garrison in Mecca. The story then follows Arab nationalism through French and American missionaries and the development of several important societies, beginning in You can decide for yourself if that discredits his work or makes it more valuable.

Bsam rated it liked it Mar 01, The fruits of Mr. Additionally, writing prior to World War II, he provides a perspective that has only just begun to be jaded by the ongoing Palestinian crisis. The narrative collapses midway and never gets back on its feet to tie itself back to the first third. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.