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Liberal Thought in the Eastern Mediterranean: Late 19th Century Until the 1960s
This volume analyzes liberal thought in the Eastern Mediterranean since the late nineteenth century, highlighting its long-term and ongoing influence, and challenging the conventional wisdom that liberalism has no legitimate place in the region s intellectual discourse. By investigating the activities of diverse institutions, media, and personalities, the authors in this v ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published August 29th 2008 by Brill
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Excellent essays on "liberalist" shenanigans in the Levant mostly during the first three decades of the 20th century. Strong sections are the Sluglett and Provence pieces on the French Mandates, Rafeq's essay about the Syrian University, Khuri-Makdisi's essay on radical socialist groups in Beirut just prior to World War I, and the essays on the pre- and post-war Ottoman political hijinks. The entire third section is less interesting and/or useful ("ventriloquized memoirs"?).