Ernest Renan  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

In "What is a Nation?" Ernest Renan states what has become one of the most famous and enduring ideas of nationalism. "Forgetfulness, and I would even say historical error, are essential in the creation of a nation."

"L’islam [...] c’est la chaîne la plus lourde que l’humanité ait jamais portée." --Ernest Renan, L'Islamisme et la science: Conférence faite a la Sorbonne le 29 Mars 1883

"Emanciper le musulman de sa religion est le meilleur service qu'on puisse lui rendre." Discours et conférences (1887), p. 407

Related e



Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Joseph Ernest Renan (27 February 1823 - 2 October 1892) was a French Orientalist, expert of Semitic languages and civilizations, philologist, philosopher, biblical scholar and critic, and historian of religion. He is best known for his influential and pioneering historical works on the origins of early Christianity, and his political theories, especially concerning nationalism and national identity. Renan is credited as being among the first scholars to advance the now-discredited Khazar theory, which held that Ashkenazi Jews were descendants of the Khazars, Turkic peoples who had adopted Jewish religion and migrated to Western Europe following the collapse of their khanate.


Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Ernest Renan" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools