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Enlightenment on the eve of revolution : the Egyptian and Syrian debates

Author: Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The two decades that preceded the 2011 revolutions in Egypt and Syria, especially the 1990s, witnessed animated debates on "tanwir," the Arabic version of Enlightenment ideas that date to the nahda, or Arab cultural renaissance, movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At the turn of the millennium Egyptian and Syrian societies suffered the worsening impact of corrupt and autocratic regimes in almost  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab
ISBN: 9780231176330 0231176333 9780231176323 0231176325
OCLC Number: 1089276262
Description: xi, 226 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Cairo --
Secularist, governmental and Islamist tanwir debates in Egypt in the 1990s --
The deconstruction of the 1990s Egyptian tanwir debate by Egyptian critics at the turn of the millennium --
Damascus --
Tanwir debates in Syria in the 1990s : the Sisyphean moment --
Tanwir and the Damascus Spring at the turn of the millennium : the promethean moment --
Conclusion : tanwir as political humanism.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab.

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