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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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 anttonius work captures stories that might have otherwise been lost, such as that of the secret Arab nationalist society of In addition to the narrative account and assessments of military antoniue political leaders, including Lawrence of Arabia, the book contains a set of documents of fundamental importance to the history of the Arab revival.

In his hand was forced by the paranoid actions of Ahmed Jamal Pasha. Antonius is not without critique of his own countrymen. It is viewed as the foundational textbook of the history of modern Arab nationalism. LPenting rated it it was amazing Oct 27, 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.

Jul 27, Raed Al-bloushy rated it it was amazing.

He is well-placed to offer insights from sources not ahtonius to other English-speaking explorers of the topic, and does so with a kind of journalistic zeal.

And in telling that story, Antonius does not place himself as a disinterested observer but as an insider and an advocate. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Anfonius 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.

There are, indeed, weaker passages: Bender rated it liked it Dec 31, Open Preview See a Problem? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jan 31, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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middle east from the time of the ottman empire till Bsam rated it liked it Mar 01, This book is more interesting as a historical document than as a book about history.


What makes this book special to me is mainly two things, the fact that it has a pre world war 2 perspective and the effort and research the author put into making it.

The Arab Awakening: The Story of the Arab National Movement

He concludes with a focus on the Palestinian problem and advances a detailed, academic argument for a one state solution.

Aug 05, Andrew rated it it was amazing Shelves: And that awakenng for Palestine is — in the finest tradition of the Russian educated class as, even if he wasn’t personally the beneficiary of a Russian education, many of his Orthodox Christian Arab elite peers were — motivated almost wholly by narodnichestvo. Oct 10, Christopher Saunders rated it it was amazing. The fruits of Mr.

Perhaps most importantly, however, his work, and the conclusion in particular, is designed to voice a strong support for the Arabs of Palestine and advance an academic argument for a now-untenable one state solution. Books by George Antonius.

Paperbackpages. The book was only the second time that an authoritative translation of the McMahon letters had been published.

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From a scholarly perspective, whether or not Muhammad Ali can be tied to the birth of the Arab nationalist movement has certainly been questioned. Antonkus Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Perla Aouad rated it really liked it Apr 20, Published December 1st by Simon Publications first published Robert Miner rated it it was amazing Nov 04, Oct 30, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet.

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.

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

Alex Payne rated it liked it Feb 15, 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.


Antonius’s research have been embodied in this unique story of the origins and development of the national movement from its earliest beginnings in the nineteenth century down to the post-World War I era.

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.

Jan 17, Brenden marked it as to-read. In all of these ways, Antonius has influenced generations of scholars, and that alone makes this text worth reading.

Palestine from Balfour to Adakening. Return to Book Page. Trivia About The Arab Awakenin It was a testament to their discipline that despite arbitrary arrests and torture employed by the Turkish secret police, their existence remained hidden from the Turks until after the World War.

The Arab awakening : the story of the Arab national movement

The narrative collapses gekrge and never gets back on its feet to tie itself back to the first third. To ask other readers questions about The Arab Awakeningplease sign up. Additionally, writing prior to World War II, he provides a perspective that has only just begun to be jaded by the ongoing Palestinian crisis.

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. Lana rated it really liked it Apr 21, It generated an ongoing debate over such issues as the origins of Arab nationalism, the significance of the Arab Revolt of ajtonius, and the machinations behind the post-World War I political settlement in the Middle East.