Fransis al-Marrash on Religion and Cultural Revival

Wael Abu-ʿUksa*

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This article focuses on questions of religiosity in the works of the Aleppine Christian scholar Fransis al-Marrash (1836–74), one of the leading figures of the Arab nahda (cultural revival). It presents the characteristics of al-Marrash’s concepts of true and false religion, and how these concepts relate to his theory of civilization. The article concludes that al-Marrash’s preoccupation with these concepts resulted in the formulation of contested modes of religiosity and a particular perception of reformed religion.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)776-789
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Legacy
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 16 Nov 2020

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  • Arab Enlightenment
  • Fransis al-Marrash
  • civilization
  • enlightened religion
  • nahda
  • tamaddun


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