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Arab FranceIslam and the Making of Modern Europe, 1798-1831$
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Ian Coller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520260641

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520260641.001.0001

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Remaking Arab France

Remaking Arab France

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Arab France

Ian Coller

University of California Press

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

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