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Author Hill, Peter, 1988- author
Title Utopia and civilisation in the Arab nahda / Peter Hill
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  DS36.88 .H555 2020    AVAILABLE    30610020651550
Descript x, 308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 256-289) and index
Who made the Nahda? -- The discourse of civilisation -- A place in the world -- An Arab utopian
"Exploring the 'Nahda', a cultural renaissance in the Arab world responding to massive social change, this study presents a crucial and often overlooked part of the Arab world's encounter with global capitalist modernity, an interaction which reshaped the Middle East over the course of the long nineteenth century. Seeing themselves as part of an expanding capitalist civilization, Arab intellectuals approached the changing world of the mid-nineteenth century with confidence and optimism, imagining utopian futures for their own civilizing projects. By analysing the works of crucial writers of the period, including Butrus al-Bustani and Rifa'a al-Tahtawi, alongside lesser-known figures such as the prolific journalist Khalil al-Khuri and the utopian visionary Fransis Marrash of Aleppo, Peter Hill places these visions within the context of their local class- and state-building projects in Ottoman Syria and Egypt, which themselves formed part of a global age of capital. By illuminating this little-studied early period of the Arab Nahda movement, Hill places the transformation of the Arab region within the context of world history, inviting us to look beyond the well-worn categories of 'traditional' versus 'modern'"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Civilization, Arab -- 19th century
Arabic literature -- 1801- -- History and criticism
Utopias in literature
Arab countries -- Intellectual life -- 19th century
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