In a Sea of Knowledge: British Arabists in the 20th Century
By: Leslie J. McLoughlin (author)Hardback
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No country on earth can match the United Kingdom for the concentration of Arab-world expertise and for opportunities to study the Arabs and the Arabic language. How did this come about? This study looks at the remarkable story of British Arabists from 1900 to the new millennium. Lawrence of Arabia is examined and so is Abdullah Philby (the father of the spy Kim), and the lady who knew them both well, Gertrude Bell. Women Arabists appear at many stages of the story as do an extraordinary range of characters, from diplomats and archaeologists to journalists and explorers. After examining the roles of British Arabists throughout the century, the author provides much food for thought by showing how closely involved Arabs and Muslims have become in British life in the third millennium.
Leslie McLoughlin has been using Arabic since 1960 and has had an intimate involvement with universities teaching Arabic in Britain, in the United States and in the Arab world itself. He has interpreted for HM The Queen and several Prime Ministers and has personal knowledge of much of the story and many of the personalities dealt with in these pages.
British Arabists in the third millennium; British Arabism in 1900; Prelude to war - Enter Lawrence of Arabia; and oil; World War I - The Arab Bureau and other trendsetters; Britain's moment in the Middle East; 1939-1945 - Fortunes of war; 1945-1960 - Britain looks East - again; 1960-1975 - From Hayter to OPEC; 1975-1990 - Arabic on the world stage; The 1990s - Arabists go to war - again British university Ar abismat the Millennium; The summing-up; Envoi - Reflection s of an Arabist.
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