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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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.

Classic account of the early days of Arab nationalism: The narrative collapses midway and never gets back on its feet to tie itself back antonkus the first anfonius. Perla Aouad rated it really liked it Apr 20, By the end, one gets more of a feeling that the theme of the work is the defeat of the Arab awakening, not the awakening itself.

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 the would-be Arab state. Its temporal proximity to early developments in the movement gave the author access to individuals who 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 secret Arab nationalist society geodge 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.

Antonius is writing from within the historical dynamics that he attempts to describe. Transaction,— In his hand was forced by the paranoid actions of Ahmed Jamal Pasha.

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Musa rated it liked it Jun 12, To ask other readers questions about The Arab Awakeningplease sign up. It was with these assurances that, on June 10,the Sherif ordered his antoniuz to attack the garrison in Mecca. I was walking through my local library and I picked it up out of curiosity and the first thing that attracted me to this book was the opening note.


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.

This correspondence between the British High Commissioner in Egypt and the Sherif of Mecca occurred between October and January and was not officially released until the London Conference. He shows, with love but not without a bit of chagrin, the dual tendencies of the early Arab activists to lethargy and dormancy on the one hand, and swift, inspired action on the other. 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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Robert Miner rated it it was amazing Nov 04, These officers proved particularly useful during World War I after the leadership of the movement openly shifted allegiance to support the Entente.

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

Adi Greif rated it really liked it Jun 03, It is at the very end, though, qntonius the sympathies of the author are the most directly and the most viscerally engaged. Mohammed Alattas rated it really liked it Feb 26, The last chapter xrab post-war Syria-Iraq-Palestine is worth the price of the book alone. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Trivia About The Arab Awakenin Some of his analyses are naive claiming Ibn Saud is a moderating force!

The story then follows Arab nationalism arzb French and American missionaries and the development of several important societies, beginning in Palestine from Balfour to Bevin. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

This book is more interesting as awakenkng historical document than as a book about history.


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Published December 1st by Simon Publications first published Essential awskening for those interested in the Middle East. Jul 27, Raed Al-bloushy rated it it was amazing. And the third section deals with the aftermath of the World War as it pertained to the destinies of the eastern half of the Arab world — the Arabian Peninsula and the Fertile Crescent. The movement is traced through Sharif Husain of Mecca and his sons, Antoniuw and Faisal, all of whom work towards the goal of an awaksning 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.

Even as Antonius acknowledges the failures of al-Husayn and Faysal to successfully advocate for the Arab cause to the Allies or antoinus 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.

Oct 30, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: I think reading this book will give a huge insight about how many of the issues in the middle east started and how somehow the middle east shaped to be what it is now.

The Arab awakening : the story of the Arab national movement

Books by George Antonius. 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. Lana rated it really liked it Apr 21, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

He is nonetheless a gifted writer and a georbe scholar, which makes his advocacy on behalf of the ordinary Arab, particularly the ordinary Arab living in Syria or Palestine, that much more pointed and potent.

Overall, this book is certainly worth reading, for the reasons mentioned above, but it must be reviewed with a critical eye and you may find yourself skimming through the middle third of the text.

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