Jurji Zaidan was one of the leading thinkers of the Arab h his historical novels, his widely read journal, al-Hilal, which is stillpublished t. Tree of Pearls, Queen of Egypt by Jurji Zaydan, Translated from the Arabic by Samah Selim, BUY DIRECT from Syracuse University Press. By writing historical novels, Jurji Zaidan wanted to provide the common Arabic people with an accurate sense of their own history in an.

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Repression against journalists A zayda of Khashoggis. He developed an interest in concepts of individualism such as laissez-faire economics, the Freemason belief in a universal enlightenment, and social Darwinism.

Because he would present all character traits and personalities within the first mention of each character, character development was never present. Christians believe that he was crucified at Golgotha outside Jerusalem — only to rise from the dead three days later.

But, after the defeat, Arab scholars began to re-examine many things. It was the first attempt at recording a nonreligious version of Middle Eastern history. Before, the entirety of Arab history had been recorded by the ulamathe religious scholars of the Caliphate. The experience embittered him until his unexpected death in So, with all due respect to my friend Roger Allen, there’s little historical accuracy–not in my novel, at least. His primary goal, as a writer and intellectual during the Nahdawas to make the common Arabic population know murji own history through the entertaining medium of the novel.


It originally contained five sections: The decline of Islamic scientific thought Don’t blame it on al-Ghazali.

Nonetheless, the plots are so fun that it is surprising they have not been more widely translated. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The scholar’s accuracy with which he approached each novel is further demonstrated by his frequent inclusion of documented sources, frequent footnotes and introductory chapters that provided historic, cultural and geographic context to the historic event of choice [6] The entertainment aspect came in with a love story between fictitious characters and a mystery of some sort to maintain reader interest.

Tree of Pearlsoriginally published inis the last in a famous series of historical novels written by Zaydan, an accomplished historian whose books continue to be read widely in the Arab world today. But George Zaidan, who was born 25 years after his grandfather died, was occupied with other things.

The magazine was concerned primarily covering modern scientific advancements, the first to do so in the Arab world, and it was known particularly known for its controversial coverage of the theory of evolution and Darwinism in the early s. His primary aim remained steady throughout his publication of Al-Hilal and his historical novels: Her narrative is one element of a much larger story of the unsettled political climate of thirteenth-century Egypt.

Historical accuracy Many thanks for the article! Jurji Zaidan and the Foundations of Arab Nationalism. Copyright Syracuse University Press.

Jurji Zaydan

For a long time, scholars didn’t appreciate the Arabic historical novel. His first book was published in with Ta’rikh al-Masuniya al-Amm in which he aimed to correct misconceptions about the Freemasons of which he was a member of the “Le Liban” lodge.


The volume consists of three parts. So, inZaidan decided to set off for Egypt, where he thought he could finish his medical training. Finally, he would dream up characters and a romance through which he would relate the history.

Jurji Zaydan – Wikipedia

He also influenced Zaydan’s worldview, leading him to adopt the idea that education was the most important factor for the progress and development of a people. Poverty is more than a lack of money, as the World Bank definition confirms.

Zaidan’s unfinished autobiography ends here. Allen agreed, saying that, “The more I look at the actual history, everything Zaidan put in that book is historically correct.

Syrian historian Nasser Rabbat argues that the Arab Spring resulted mainly from social imbalance and the misery of large sections of the population within the Arab world. His Life and Thought. The fourth Qalandiya International exhibition opens with shows in the West Bank and Gaza, but also in Lebanon and Germany, crossing borders the Palestinians themselves can’t pass Zaydan dropped out of school after he completed an elementary education to help his father run the business.