I’m reading a portion of a book entitled “The Arab Heritage” by Philip Hitti, and the last paragraph of its chapter on pre-Islamic Arabia made me pause and think,
“The ancient history of Arabia is obscure…. Arabia is still archaeologically untouched. Let us hope that after this present war it will soon be opened to scientific investigation. Before that may happen, however, two things are necessary: first, that the present rulers of Arabia become so broad-minded as to undrestand the legitimacy and advantage of having their country investigated by Western scholars; and, second, that the prestige of the whole Western civilization, may not perish in a new ‘Dark Age.'”
This book was published in 1944- around the time of World War II, when the “newly formed” Arab countries were fresh out of colonization.
Hmm, interesting, isn’t it?
Does anyone know where I can find the book in Amman?