'Abd Allah Nadim, journalist, man of letters, orator, and his contribution to the first Egyptian national movement : (a literary and historical study).
The Arabic literature or the Renaissance period has
found, up to now, singularly little attention in the West;
the same is true of the first Egyptian national movement.
After 1889 'Urabi’s revolution was frequently described, in
both Egypt and England, as a rebellion, and ' Abd Allah Nadtrn
was neglected by the historians of Egypt as well as by the
historians of Arabic literature. The present work is intended
to be a presentation of them in their proper light.
The first chapter of this present thesis gives a picture
of Nadim's early days, as a schoolboy and civil servant, boon
companion or the rich, itinerant man of letters and disciple
of Jamäl al-Din al-Afghani; it also describes his literary,
social and political background. It deals with the general
trend of the Arabia literature of that time with its preference
for Badi' style, and shows the desolate plight and economic
disaster of Egypt under Isma'il’s rule and the foreign
interference it brought. about. It pays special attention to
the social aspect of the situation with the glaring contrast
between the masses of the population living in conditions of
dire poverty, and the wealthy few, mostly of Turkish origin,
who were the masters or the country.