This book is a revised and edited edition of both the published and unpublished works of the Jerusalemite writer Muhammad Ruhi al-Khalidi (1864 - 1913). The first volume includes five of his books, reprinted here from the editions published in the early years of the twentieth century. The second volume contains all his articles that were published in the Egyptian journal al-Hilal, along with a series of articles titled “The Islamic World (3)” published in the Lebanese newspaper Tarablus al-Sham, which are reprinted here for the first time. In addition to his articles, this volume includes selections of valuable handwritten drafts of Khalidi’s writings, reproduced based on facsimiles preserved in the Khalidi Library in Jerusalem. These include texts with titles like “Paris”, “Ottoman Public Debt”, and “The Journey of the Jerusalemite to the Peninsula of al-Andalus,” along with a manuscript, “The Science of Linguistics [ʿIlm al-Alsinah],” preserved in Beirut. The book includes an introduction that documents Khalidi's biography along with his entire oeuvre, from his earliest to his latest writings, along with a preface that sums up his ideas and examines his authorial persona by setting it against the enlightenment-like context of the Nahda, or renaissance.
This book will be published as part of a series of scholarly studies on the history of Jerusalem and the Khalidi library. The series is a joint project between the Khalidi Library and the Institute for Palestine Studies on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the founding of the library.
The publication of the book was made possible thanks to a grant by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development managed by Welfare Association – Taawon.