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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Awakenibg 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.

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.

Many of the predictive and admonitory aspects of the work awakenning particularly those pertaining to Iraq and Palestine — have indeed come to pass.

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

No trivia or quizzes yet. Antonius is not without critique of his own countrymen. Aug 05, Andrew rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is at the very end, though, that the sympathies of the author are the most directly and the most awakenin engaged. Bender rated it liked it Dec 31, New English Library Edition pb From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The book was only the second time that an authoritative translation of the McMahon letters had been published. Oct 30, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: Other than tracing the birth of the Arab national movement, Antonius also argues that it was Britain that dishonoured its prior commitments to the Arabs, and instead pursued its own colonial interests at the expense of what Antonius calls the “true will of the people,” namely unity and independence of antoniis would-be Arab state. Bsam rated it liked it Mar 01, The narrative collapses midway and never gets back on its feet to tie itself back to the first third.

You can decide for yourself if that discredits his work or makes it more valuable. Transaction,— 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” of Arabic as a national language.

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Antonius here describes the various situations on the Peninsula, in Iraq, in Syria and in Palestine. 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 aaakening to the history of the Arab revival.

The Arab Awakening: The Story of the Arab National Movement

I was walking through my local antpnius and I picked it up out of curiosity and the first thing that awakenihg me to antoniis book was the opening note. By the end of the 19th century, the torch of Arab nationalism had been passed to Arab intellectuals residing in Greater Syria and in Europe and to Arab officers in the Ottoman Army that formed a secret society to ultimately promote Arab nationalist interests.

The movement is traced through Sharif Husain of Mecca and his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, all of whom work towards the goal of an autonomous Arab state by joining the British effort against the Ottoman Empire during World War I in exchange for a British pledge for an Arab state.

I highly recommend any person to read this book.

The Arab awakening : the story of the Arab national movement

The last chapter on post-war Syria-Iraq-Palestine is worth the price of the book alone. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Theories of history books Books about the Arab—Israeli conflict Israeli—Palestinian conflict books Arab nationalism.

Its temporal proximity to early developments in the movement gave the author access to individuals abtonius had been part of organizations in the 19th century and thus his work captures stories that might have otherwise been lost, such as that of the anronius Arab nationalist society of Books with missing cover.

Palestine from Balfour to Bevin. The Politics of Ideas in the Middle Easted. This state would include Palestine. Some of his analyses are naive claiming Ibn Saud is a moderating force!

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Though one can hardly accuse Antonius of being a romantic — his treatment of even historical figures he admires being unfailingly multifaceted, attempting sober, realistic and objective assessments — it is here that his history turns from a story of the movement into a thundering, apocalyptic prophecy and a stirring plea.


For an Arab writer Antonius is admirably fair-minded, treating British and Zionist positions with respect, though he’s liable to play down more disreputable Arab actions. It was with these assurances that, on June 10,the Sherif ordered his army to attack the garrison in Mecca.

Open Preview See a Problem? Even as Antonius acknowledges the failures of al-Husayn and Faysal to successfully advocate for the Arab cause to the Allies or to fight effectively for it themselves, his portrayal of them is nonetheless deeply sympathetic, rendering them as tragic victims of their own honest and trusting natures.

Perla Aouad rated it really liked it Apr 20, Additionally, writing prior to World War II, he provides a perspective that has only just begun to be jaded by the ongoing Palestinian crisis. In his hand was forced by the paranoid actions of Ahmed Jamal Pasha. After several years of travel and 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 such as this – much of the material having been unavail This remarkable book on a complex and controversial subject is widely regarded as the best full account of the rise of the Arab national movement.

Robert Miner rated it it was amazing Nov 04, Retrieved from ” https: He is well-placed to offer insights from sources not available to other English-speaking explorers of the topic, and does so with a kind of journalistic zeal. This book talks about all of the history of the arabs or what is now the middle east from the time of the ottman empire till After several years of travel and 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 such as this – much of the material having been unavailable to other writers on the subject.