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1. Bush, Stephen Andrew. Continuity and change in the concept of freedom through three generations of the modern Arab Renaissance (Nahda).

Degree: Middle Eastern Studies, 2011, University of Texas – Austin

This thesis traces the development of the concept of freedom through three generations of the Modern Arab Renaissance (Nahda). The first chapter challenges the claim that the concept of freedom, in the sense of a political right, was absent from Arab thought prior to the French occupation of Egypt (1798-1801). ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Jabarti’s (1754-1825/6) chronicle of the occupation reveals that he possessed the concept of freedom despite the lack of an Arabic word to identify it. Therefore, when Rifa’a Rafi’ al-Tahtawi (1801-73) translated the French term liberté into Arabic, through a semantic expansion of the word hurriyah, he was naming rather than introducing the concept. The second chapter turns to Syria and examines how Butrus al-Bustani’s (1819-83) advocacy of the freedom of conscience (hurriyat al-damir) as an individual right reflects the influence of his American missionary mentors. However, while the missionaries used this concept to defend their narrow sectarian interests, Bustani believed that the freedom of all citizens must be protected equally by a secular government. The third chapter follows two Syrian friends, Muhammad Rashid Rida (1865-1935) and Farah Antun (1874-1922), who migrated to Egypt where their differing visions of reform brought them into conflict on the pages of their respective literary journals. While Antun argued that secularism provides the best guarantee of freedom, Rida contended that true freedom is only found in Islam. Despite this divide, they shared the same fundamental understanding of the value and meaning of freedom. This chapter shows that the concept of freedom is compatible with differing political ideologies while maintaining its core semantic field. Although there were some changes in how Arab intellectuals conceived of freedom during the nineteenth century, this study demonstrates that there was considerable continuity. Advisors/Committee Members: Di-Capua, Yoav, 1970- (advisor), Ali, Samer (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Modern Arab Renaissance; Middle East history; Intellectual history; Conceptual history; Concept of freedom; Abd al-Rahman al-Jabarti; Rifa’a Rafi’ al-Tahtawi; Butrus al-Bustani; Farah Antun; Rashid Rida

…Rashid Rida (1865-1935) and Farah Antun (1874-1922). Although Rida and… …Antun shared much in common – they were both originally from Tripoli but travelled together to… …visions. While Antun argued that secular government is the best guarantee of freedom, Rida… …chapter will show that despite the ways that Rida and Antun both adapted the concept of freedom… 

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APA (6th Edition):

Bush, S. A. (2011). Continuity and change in the concept of freedom through three generations of the modern Arab Renaissance (Nahda). (Thesis). University of Texas – Austin. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-08-3929

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Bush, Stephen Andrew. “Continuity and change in the concept of freedom through three generations of the modern Arab Renaissance (Nahda).” 2011. Thesis, University of Texas – Austin. Accessed August 25, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-08-3929.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Bush, Stephen Andrew. “Continuity and change in the concept of freedom through three generations of the modern Arab Renaissance (Nahda).” 2011. Web. 25 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Bush SA. Continuity and change in the concept of freedom through three generations of the modern Arab Renaissance (Nahda). [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Texas – Austin; 2011. [cited 2019 Aug 25]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-08-3929.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Bush SA. Continuity and change in the concept of freedom through three generations of the modern Arab Renaissance (Nahda). [Thesis]. University of Texas – Austin; 2011. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-08-3929

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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