A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

The Dark Age

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?




*Spoken in a calm thoughtful voice*


  1. hi,
    why don’t you try to search shoman public library online index,

    enjoy it

  2. I have another book for Philip Hitti it’s called “the history of Syria, Lebanon and Palestine”. it talks about Jordan as well.
    for me he’s one of the few trusted historians because u know history is usually written from someone’s point of view.

  3. Thanks for the note in my blog :)

  4. At the time, the thought that Western civilization might disappear in a new Dark Age must have been very overwhelming; what if Germany won the war? What if all of Europe were occupied by the Russians? What if Europe was utterly destroyed by it?

    Germany lost, but half of Europe was indeed occupied by the Russians and many countries were actually very nearly destroyed, including Holland, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Russia.

    But today, one might phrase it differently; today, it should no longer depend on the Arab countries’ willingness to have their past investigated by Western scholars but to their ability to turn out their own scholars to do it.

    Whereby I mean that I think that the answer to many of the problems prevailing in the Arab world is education, education, education: better primary schools, better universities, more people getting degrees in their own countries, more people getting degrees abroad, more people actually returning home after getting their degree abroad.

    Mark Shuttleworth is trying to push for such a drive in Africa, and I also believe that education is what is making China so incredibly strong these years.

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