By George Antonius

First released in 1938, this nice booklet is the 1st learn of the Arab nationwide circulation ever written.

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The alternative ahead of McMahon was once now completely transparent, and both transparent was once it to him that his resolution, this time, must be both sure or no. within the period, he and his advisers had had info which had served to extend their wisdom of Arab affairs, and alter their perspective in regard to Husain’s proposals. a tender Arab officer within the Turkish military had arrived in Cairo early in October, as a prisoner of battle from the Gallipoli entrance. He had intentionally crossed over to the British strains and, pointing out that he had very important intelligence to reveal, had surrendered and requested to be taken to Egypt. He became out to be a member of al-’Ahd and a prepared employee within the explanation for Arab emancipation. He was once a Moslem from Iraq, and his identify was once Muhammad Sharif al-Faruqi. the knowledge disclosed by way of Faruqi had a decisive impact at the angle of McMahon and his advisers. He used to be now not, actually, an accepted emissary of al-‘Ahd; yet he used to be good accustomed to the service provider and goals of the society and people of al-Fatat, its civilian sister, and had lots to assert at the sentiments animating their individuals. His statements have been rigorously sifted and checked, and handed the try out so good that he got here to be appeared not just as a honest and well-intentioned informer, which he definitely used to be, but in addition the approved spokesman of al-‘Ahd and al-Fatat, which it was once afterwards came across he was once no longer. besides the fact that, his wisdom was once trustworthy as far as it went, and he instructed the specialists a lot that used to be new to them in regards to the genuine country of feeling between Arab nationalists in Syria and Iraq. in order that whilst the Sharif’s moment be aware arrived, McMahon and his advisers had sufficient wisdom of the historical past to learn it with a fuller figuring out. The observe which McMahon sent in answer is by way of some distance crucial within the complete correspondence, and should possibly be considered as an important overseas rfile within the historical past of the Arab nationwide circulate. It includes the pledges which introduced the Arabs into the struggle, overtly at the aspect of the Allies. within the years that the battle, it turned a very good bone of competition; and, right down to the current day, continues to be invoked because the major piece of facts on which the Arabs accuse nice Britain of getting damaged religion with them. The observe is dated the twenty fourth of October 1915. In it, McMahon starts off by way of assuring the Sharif that his earlier unwillingness to debate frontiers intended merely that he didn't imagine the time had come but for discussing the sort of topic conclusively; yet that, because the Sharif had represented the problem as basic and pressing, he (McMahon) have been accredited via the British executive to offer on their behalf sure assurances to the Arabs. He went directly to country what these assurances have been. They amounted to a pledge on nice Britain’s half to recognize and uphold the independence of the Arabs within the quarter contained in the frontiers proposed by way of the Sharif, except for yes elements of Asia Minor and of Syria.

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