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Stuart Macintyre, Juan Maiguashca, and Attila Pók

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199533091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199533091.001.0001

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Historical Writing in the Arab World

Historical Writing in the Arab World

(p.578) Chapter 28 Historical Writing in the Arab World
The Oxford History of Historical Writing

Youssef M. Choueiri

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the emergence of modern Arab historiography against the background of the advent of modernity in the Arab world and the responses it elicited at the level of its educated elites. These responses included the idea of reform and the adoption of new institutions and concepts in order to catch up with progress in European societies. This chapter also notes that Arab historiography was proto-national and historians of this proto-national phase were to be found in a number of Arab countries such as Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia. The rise of historical writing was facilitated by developed social structures and well-established local independent rulers.

Keywords:   Arab historiography, Arab world, European societies, pre-modern, proto-national, Arab countries

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