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The Nahda and the Translators of Damietta

The Nahda and the Translators of Damietta

Episode 310with Peter Hillhosted by Nir Shafir and Shireen HamzaDownload the podcastFeed | iTunes | GooglePlay | SoundCloudThe “Nahda” is often seen as the beginning of the modern intellectual revival of the Arabs, when European Enlightenment ideas were adopted by Middle Eastern thinkers from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. In this podcast with Peter Hill, we discuss a circle of Syrian Christians in Damietta, Egypt who were actively translating Greek, Italian and French Enlightenment texts into Arabic in the first two decades of the nineteenth century, well before the start of the Nahda. Hill describes not only who these translators and patrons were, but also how this challenges diffusionist and connective conceptions of the intellectual history of the Middle East. « Click for More »