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The Formation and Perception of the Modern Arab World


Studies by Marwan R. Buheiry


Lawrence I. Conrad, Editor



About the Book:

    This volume--an indispensable contribution to an understanding of contemporary Arab history--comprises twenty-seven important studies by the eminent Lebanese historian Marwan R. Buheiry, who died in London in 1986. In the course of his distinguished career at the American University of Beirut, he published many studies on the political, economic, social, and intellectual history of the modern Arab world, in particular of Lebanon and the Arab East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    The studies published in this volume revolve around four main themes:

European Perceptions of the Orient

The Superpowers and the Arab World

The Economic History of the Middle East

Middle Eastern Intellectual and Artistic History


    Many of these studies were first published in French or Arabic translation, this volume publishes the original English text and includes much previously unpublished material. The final chapter includes a selection of 49 photographs from Buheiry's photograph collection.


About the Author:

    Marwan R. Buheiry was Associate Professor of History at the American University of Beirut and founder and first director of the Centre for Lebanese Studies (Oxford).


About the Editor:

    Lawrence I. Conrad is Historian of Near Eastern Medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (London).



It is hard to imagine that anyone reading this collection of studies by Marwan Buheiry would not understand the fearful loss to Lebanon, the Arabs and to historical scholarship caused by his sudden death. . . at the age of 51. . . . Rich collections from a master.

Middle East International


Publication date: 1989

Plates; notes; index

Size: 7 x 10 (17.8 x 25.4 cm); 624 pages

CIP L.C. 89-11608

ISBN 978-0-87850-064-2  $49.95  Buy it at Amazon.com!