Monthly Archives: December 2006


“I say we have not become fully part of Western Civilisation because we have only taken from it what is in conformity with the traditions and customers of the various races which make up our state. This has caused both material and cultural harm.. For if we just copy Europeans, we will disavow our origins and acquire an antipathy towards our [past]. Instead, we should follow them as closely as possible in the way in which they protect their own race and homeland. We should strive to protect our noble language and ways just as they protect their languages and ways.” Fathallah Qastun, al-Sh’a’b, Aleppo, 1910 as quoted in Watenpaugh, 2006.