Power, Arabism and Islam in the Writings of Muhib al-Din al-Khatib in al-Fath

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  • Amal N Ghazal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21971/P73K50

Abstract

The writings of Muhib al-Din al-Khatib reveal a deep concern over Muslim weakness in the face of European domination in the interwar period. In his weekly newspaper al-Fath, al-Khatib confronted the issues which threatened to increase Muslim division following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire. He considered Islam the common bond by which all Muslims could unite to resist the West. While Arabism could fit into and uphold this unity, separatist nationalisms threatened it and caused further divisions inspired by the West. In his editorial writing, al-Khatib suggested various reforms aimed at reviving Muslim control of their own lands.

Author Biography

Amal N Ghazal

Amal Ghazal is a master's student in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. She studied previously at the American University of Beirut, and is currently a member of the committee of the Consortium for Middle Eastern and African Studies, University of Alberta. Her current research concerns the religious debate between Sufism and Salafism during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abd al-Hamid II.

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2008-02-22

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