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Book/Printed Material Summary of the History of the Arabs.

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  • Summary of the History of the Arabs.


  • Louis-Amélie Sédillot was a French astronomer and orientalist, son of Jean-Jacques Sédillot, who influenced the boy toward pursuing these same interests. Sédillot the younger translated and published Arabic astronomical works. Khulasat Tarikh al-'Arab (Summary of the history of the Arabs) is a translation and adaption by 'Ali Mubārak Pasha of Louis-Amélie Sédillot's Histoire des Arabes. Mubārak is revered as the father of modern education in Egypt. Born in a rural village in the Nile delta, he rebelled at the quality of his early schooling. After more unsuccessful years of schooling in Cairo, he eventually was chosen for education in military sciences in Cairo and in France. He returned to Egypt after several years to practice as a civil engineer and later as overseer of the reform of Egypt's rudimentary school system. He is also credited with founding the National Library and Archives of Egypt. The rank of basha (pasha) was awarded by Egyptian monarchs. It denoted the highest rank in civil administration or recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in public service. The designation did not imply nobility, nor was it hereditary, except as applied to men of the dynasty of Muḥammad ʻAlī Pasha. Khulasat Tarikh al-'Arab is an outline of Arab history with a table of contents, introduction by Mubarak, and index. It begins with the geography of Arabia and Arab history before the Prophet Muhammad, and proceeds to cover Arab customs and the achievements of Arab civilization until the Napoleonic invasion of 1798. It was printed at the Muḥammad Mustafa Press in Cairo in 1892.


  • Sédillot, L.-A. (Louis-Amélie), 1808-1875 Author.|ʻAlī Mubārak, Bāshā, 1823 or 1824-1893 Translator.

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  • Cairo : Muḥammad Musṭafā Press, 1892.


  • -  Egypt
  • -  300 to 1798
  • -  Arabian Peninsula
  • -  Arabian Peninsula--Social life and customs
  • -  Arabs
  • -  Civilization
  • -  Islamic Empire


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 298 pages ; 25 centimeters.
  • -  Reference extracted from World Digital Library: Gilbert Delanoue, "'Ali Mubarak," in Moralistes et Politiques Musulmans dans L'Egypte du XIXe Siecle (Cairo: Institut Francais d'Archeologie Orientale du Caire, 1982).|J. Heyworth-Dunne, An Introduction to the History of Education in Modern Egypt (London: Luzac, 1938).
  • -  Original resource at: Qatar National Library.
  • -  Content in Arabic.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


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Sédillot, L.-A. , Author.|ʻAlī Mubārak, Bāshā, 1823 Or Translator. Summary of the History of the Arabs. Cairo: Muḥammad Musṭafā Press, 1892. Pdf.

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Sédillot, L. (1892) Summary of the History of the Arabs. Cairo: Muḥammad Musṭafā Press. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Sédillot, L.-A. , Author.|ʻAlī Mubārak, Bāshā, 1823 Or Translator. Summary of the History of the Arabs. Cairo: Muḥammad Musṭafā Press, 1892. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.