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The Resource How the West stole democracy from the Arabs : the Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the destruction of its historic liberal-Islamic alliance, Elizabeth F. Thompson

How the West stole democracy from the Arabs : the Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the destruction of its historic liberal-Islamic alliance, Elizabeth F. Thompson

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How the West stole democracy from the Arabs : the Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the destruction of its historic liberal-Islamic alliance
Title
How the West stole democracy from the Arabs
Title remainder
the Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the destruction of its historic liberal-Islamic alliance
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth F. Thompson
Title variation
Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the destruction of its historic liberal-Islamic alliance
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"When Europe's Great War engulfed the Ottoman Empire, Arab nationalists rose in revolt against their Turkish rulers and allied with the British on the promise of an independent Arab state. In October 1918, the Arabs' military leader, Prince Faisal, victoriously entered Damascus and proclaimed a constitutional government in an independent Greater Syria. Faisal won American support for self-determination at the Paris Peace Conference, but other Entente powers plotted to protect their colonial interests. Under threat of European occupation, the Syrian-Arab Congress declared independence on March 8, 1920 and crowned Faisal king of a 'civil representative monarchy.' Sheikh Rashid Rida, the most prominent Islamic thinker of the day, became Congress president and supervised the drafting of a constitution that established the world's first Arab democracy and guaranteed equal rights for all citizens, including non-Muslims. But France and Britain refused to recognize the Damascus government and instead imposed a system of mandates on the pretext that Arabs were not yet ready for self-government. In July 1920, the French invaded and crushed the Syrian state. The fragile coalition of secular modernizers and Islamic reformers that had established democracy was destroyed, with profound consequences that reverberate still. Using previously untapped primary sources, including contemporary newspaper accounts, reports of the Syrian-Arab Congress, and letters and diaries from participants, How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs is a groundbreaking account of an extraordinary, brief moment of unity and hope--and of its destruction"--
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Thompson, Elizabeth F
Dewey number
956.91/03
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS98
LC item number
.T496 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Muʼtamar al-Sūrī al-ʻĀmm
  • Arab nationalism
  • Syria
Target audience
adult
Label
How the West stole democracy from the Arabs : the Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the destruction of its historic liberal-Islamic alliance, Elizabeth F. Thompson
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [375]-450) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Extent
xxvi, 466 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802148209
Lccn
2020002224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)on1137737937
  • (OCoLC)1137737937
  • 2411694
Label
How the West stole democracy from the Arabs : the Syrian Arab Congress of 1920 and the destruction of its historic liberal-Islamic alliance, Elizabeth F. Thompson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [375]-450) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Extent
xxvi, 466 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802148209
Lccn
2020002224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)on1137737937
  • (OCoLC)1137737937
  • 2411694

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