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.

Author: Duktilar Mikarn
Country: Chile
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Medical
Published (Last): 17 July 2005
Pages: 260
PDF File Size: 18.23 Mb
ePub File Size: 16.37 Mb
ISBN: 854-3-48074-378-8
Downloads: 15983
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kigajin

Jurji Zaydan

Zaydan was among those who left Syria for Cairo, where many Lebanese intellectuals and members of the Nahda had already relocated as a reaction to increased Ottoman suppression. Zaidan’s grandson then set to reading the novels. 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.

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.

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. For more details click here.

Moreover, it is harder to bear in countries where social inequality is more marked and individuals His plots were often weak, relying mostly on convenient coincidences between characters to drive the zwydan story and mystery, with almost all of his novels ending in a happy ending. Beyond the amount of work that he produced in his life though, there is the shift in thinking he brought to the Nahda and those who followed it. azydan

With that was the desire of the population to point out what is unsatisfactory in society and to come up with an idea zaydqn how to change it. Thirty articles and excerpts from his scholarly works were translated for this book. Although George Zaidan said he could have worked with traditional publishers, he has chosen to self-publish with all but one of the novels.


In the footsteps of Jesus Jesus, born a Jew, spent his days in the region now known jruji Israel. Before, the entirety of Arab history had been recorded by the ulamathe religious scholars of the Caliphate.

It describes the fall of the Abbasid Empire. He came to Egypt from Lebanon at the end of the nineteenth century and founded in Egypt what is still one of the largest publishing houses for periodicals in the Zayddan East, Dar-Al-Hilal. For a long time, scholars didn’t appreciate the Arabic historical novel.

Making his views and works available to non-Arabic speakers would promote intercultural understanding at a time when Arab and Islamic thought is not sufficiently known zydan understood in the west. These translations are reproduced in the second section of this volume. So, inZaidan decided to set off for Egypt, where he thought he could finish his medical training.

He established his rule over Egypt and Syria and founded the Ayyubid dynasty. Details on all these novels can be found here. Components of the Jurji Zaidan Program Towards this end the Zaidan Foundation is sponsoring a number of studies, conferences and translations into English of some of azydan works as follows.

The magazine was concerned primarily covering modern scientific advancements, the first to do so in the Arab world, and jurii was known particularly known for its controversial coverage of the theory of evolution and Darwinism in the early s.

The experience embittered him until his unexpected death in Leaving behind a legacy that includes 23 published novels, numerous scholarly works, and a magazine then circulated in Persia, India, Japan, Western Africa, Zanzibar, Zaydzn, New Zealand, the West Indies, and North and South America, he was one of the most prolific and renowned Arab writers of the time.


His primary aim remained steady throughout his publication of Al-Hilal and his historical novels: Interfaith initiatives from Morocco to Jerusalem Dialogue by design. Inthe newly opened Egyptian University offered Zaydan a professorship in Islamic History, which Zaydan accepted only ruluctantly because of his unpopularity amongst conservative Muslims.

The Arabic novel’s story is now being re-imagined, Allen said. Self-publishing, for instance, left him freer “to continue Zaidan’s educational mission in the translations by including study guides in all of them as well as scholarly assessments in some. However, when academics began to shape the story of the Arabic novel, Zaidan’s works were brushed aside as unimportant. Zaidan and a friend were not admitted to medical school.

By writing historical novels, Jurji Zaidan wanted to provide the common Arabic people with an accurate sense of their own history in an accessible, entertaining way.

It’s all terrific stuff. Zaidan Foundation Program Advisory Council The Zaidan Foundation Program Jurji Zaidan was a prolific and famous Christian Arab historian, linguist and journalist who wrote widely on social and cultural issues.

Jurji Zaydan (Author of غادة كربلاء)

Zaydan thus became critical of contemporaries such as Egyptian Moustafa Kamal Pascha and Ahmed Orabiwho were concerned solely with gaining independence from Western influence. In the novels, certainly, he was out to tell a good story, and thereby encourage people to take an interest in “Arab” and “Islamic” history–categories he helped create. The volume consists of three parts.

He was dismissed before beginning in response to significant outcry from the Muslim public, who objected to his Christian origins and secular leanings. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In the words of critic Orit Bashkin, Zaidan’s novels “point to the impossibility of regarding East and West as separate entities.