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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He attended the university around the same time as Ya’qub Sarrouf —who first translated Self-Help into Arabic and would later found the magazine Al-Muqtataf The Elite, with whom he shared ideals of modernizing the Arab world and emphasis on individual success through hard work.

Islam in Germany Some Muslims do indeed celebrate Christmas. Every novel but one had an almost identical frame. His impact left a lasting impression on the general Arab population as well as such literary giants as Taha HusseinNaguib Mahfouz and poet Fadwa Tuqan.

The Zaidan Foundation

With the jurju of a population that is thinking and speaking for itself came the creation of a dialogue. 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. Interview with a mixed-faith jutji Experiences in a Christian-Muslim marriage. But George Zaidan, who was born 25 years after his grandfather died, was occupied with other things.

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Jurji Zaydan

The volume consists of three parts. Jurji Zaydan — was one of the most important Arab writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth zaydzn.

His plots were often weak, relying mostly on convenient coincidences between characters to drive the love story zagdan mystery, with almost all of his novels ending in a happy ending. Syracuse University Press, Next, jurjo would read all available sources on the topic in order to gain the most thorough understanding possible.

He began publishing his most influential project, the magazine Al-Hilal The Crescent in His professional and personal life took a turn in zayan, with his marriage to Maryam Matar and the publication of his first historical novel, al-Mamluk al-Shariid The Fleeing Mamluk. Like the chapters of many of his novels, it leaves us with a cliffhanger.

Then, he would build a skeleton outline based entirely on historical fact. Zaydan thus became critical of contemporaries such as Egyptian Moustafa Kamal Pascha and Ahmed Orabiwho were concerned solely with gaining independence from Western influence.

Egypt acquits 43 NGO workers on illegal funding charges. But now, in the last two years, six English translations have appeared.

Zaidan’s grandson then set to reading the novels. But in his eventual pursuit of an Arab nahda, or cultural renaissance, Zaidan melded Arab and European ideas. His primary goal, as a writer and intellectual during the Nahdawas to make the common Arabic population know their own history through the entertaining medium of the zayddan.


Zaydan’s secular take on history was particularly controversial in Tarikh al-Tamaddun al-Islam The History of the Islamic Civilization, —in which he offers a critical secular reading of Islamic history in at least five volumes. He established his rule over Egypt and Syria and founded the Ayyubid dynasty.

Before, the entirety of Arab history had been recorded by the ulamathe religious scholars of the Caliphate.

Jurji Zaydan (Author of غادة كربلاء)

He was critical of writing that was accessible to only a small group of people, especially the esoteric jurmi in religious scholarship. His father owned a restaurant and, being illiterate and uneducated himself, placed little importance on education.

His Life and Thought.

It describes the fall of the Abbasid Empire. His novels jurki unavailable in English for nearly a century.

They were chosen for their relevance to the topics covered in the essay. The firing led to mass protests amongst the students, many of whom left or were expelled for rebelling. In his pursuit of an Arab cultural renaissance, Zaidan melded Arab and European ideas. Details on this work can be found here. Newest Most Read Most Comments.