L’écriture arabe en question. Les projets de l’Académie de Langue Arabe du Caire de 1938 à 1968.

Meynet, Roland.

Book ID: 31016


8vo. 142 pp., [1]. 78 plates, publisher’s original wrappers, glossary, biblio, from the library of R. Smitskamp with his inscription on front fly leaf, copy in very good condition, Dar El-Machreq Editeurs, Beyrouth, first edition, 1971.


Roland Meynet is a French Jesuit born in 1939. A former student of Paul Beauchamp and Georges Mounin, Roland Meynet has lived in the Middle East for twenty years. He headed the Center for Arab Studies and Research at St. Joseph University in Beirut and founded the School of Translators and Interpreters. Since 1992 he has been a professor of Biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. A Specialist in the Semitic rhetoric and the Gospel of Luke, he received the grand prize of philosophy of the French Academy in 2006, for his book on the Gospel according to Luke, to which he applies the method of rhetorical analysis.
A systematic and well illustrated account of more than 200 abortive schemes for modifying the Arabic script to meet the needs of mid-20th-century typography. It contains much on the vigourous debates between the modernisers and the always victorious traditionalists. [Review by Dr Geoffrey Roper].
In the third chapter, Meynet concentrates on over 60 illustrated facsimiles of projects, preserved at the L’Academie de Langue Arabe du Caire, to analyse and represent the debate on Arabic Script Reform.

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