July 08, 2004


I'll finish the post I promised immediately below tomorrow. I've written about half of it, but it's badly in need of an edit and I'm badly in need of a good night's sleep. To give a short version, I'm not entirely sure one can draw a bright line between the pan-Arab ideology and the Islamist ideology, which competed with one another in Egpyt. The Islamists appeared to have lost, until the 1967 Six Days War, when Nasser's Egypt was humiliated, and the pan Arab project fell apart. But the competition between the two led to some interesting cross-polination, and the key figures in this, as far as I can tell, are Sayyid Qutb (who for a time straddled both movements before opting for full bore Islamism) and Sati' al-Husri -- a Syrian born in Yemen who learned Turkish and French at Constantinople before he could speak Arabic, who was educated in Europe, and who was one of the prime twentieth century authors of the Arab nationalist project. I'll finish it tomorrow -- promise.

Posted by Ideofact at July 8, 2004 11:42 PM