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Remaking Arab France

Ian Coller

in Arab France

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780520260641
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947542 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520260641.003.0008
Remaking Arab France

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In a remarkable preface to his final work, published after his death, Joseph Agoub offered an eloquent defense of the Arab language, placing Egypt for the first time in his works as just one element in a larger Arab world. In this text, Agoub acknowledged his debt to the work of Arab intellectuals like Mikha'il Sabbagh and Ellious Bocthor who had come to Paris before him. However, where in his early poetry he had condemned Islam as a barbarian attack on the glories of ancient Egypt, for the first time Agoub acknowledged the Qur'an as one of the inexhaustible sources of the power and vigor of the Arabic language and culture. This chapter discusses what had changed in the Arab Paris of the late 1820s, which led Agoub to reconfigure so radically the conflicting categories that had so troubled him throughout his early career.

Keywords: Joseph Agoub; Arab; language; Egypt; Mikha'il Sabbagh; Ellious Bocthor; Islam; Qur'an; Paris

Chapter.  9261 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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