In this eloquent essay, Jacques Berque has distilled a lifetime’s love for, and study of, Arab history, life, and culture into a synthesis of remarkable insight and power. Moving effectively from pre-Islamic Arabia to twentieth-century Morocco, from theology to linguistics, from desert oasis to urban slum, from T.E. Lawrence to Nasser, from poetry to the politics of oil, he presents a perceptive synoptic portrait of a civilization in the grip of change. He conveys all the misery of a situation still stamped by centuries of foreign domination, and all the hope of a renaissance now a hundred years old and yet still in its infancy.
About the Author
Born in Algeria in 1910, Jacques Berque was considered to be among the most eminent authorities on the Arab world. His publications include The Arabs, French North Africa and Egypt: Imperialism and Revolution.
'To be read like a poem – to be contemplated like a philosophical treatise.' Lamalif, Casablanca