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The Arab Awakening 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0710306739
ISBN-10: 0710306733
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"A good book written by a scholar, an expert on the subject and a resident in the country.... A very excellent and extremely able book." -- The Observer, London

"The whole of this brilliantly written book moves at the same plane of objective and critical scholarship." -- Daily Telegraph, London

About the Author

George Antonius was a scholar and expert on the Middle East.


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Product Details

  • Series: Kegan Paul Arabia Library
  • Hardcover: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (January 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0710306733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710306739
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,537,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on January 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a priceless reference to the early Arab nationalist movements and the Arab Revolt of 1916-18, as well as to the formation of the borders and governments of the modern Middle East.No other writer witnessed the Arab Revolt and interviewed as many of the primary participants, whether Arab, British, French, Turkish or German, as Antonius did.Few other writers were as well-placed to analyse the British and French Mandates in Palestine, Syria and Iraq, and no one told the Arab side of the story to the West as perceptively and authoritatively.The one area Antonius left in entirely too much obscurity was the abandonment of Sharif Hussein by the British, which allowed the Hejaz to be conquered by the fanatical Saudis.Antonius does criticise Saudi tribalism and fundamentalism and I suppose he can be forgiven for not forseeing the divisive and detrimental role that Saudi dominance of the Hejaz would play in the future of the entire Muslim world.
This book will make you long for the days when the strongest political current in the Middle East was Arab nationalism rather than Islamism, and it will make you wonder why the West undertook to destroy the integrity of a movement which was largely of its own inspiration.
The appendices are invaluable, presenting to the public for the first time all of the documents concerning the promises made by the British govt to the Hashemites and the Arab nationalists.Once you have read the Damascus Protocol, the Hussein-McMahon letters, the Hogarth letter, the Declaration to the Seven and the rest, you will no longer be in any doubt as to the official nature and specificity of the supposedly mythical and nebulous promises made to the Arabs.
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Great book, Professor Leland required reading in College for Arab history class. It was pertinent in 1975 and is even more pertinent now.
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