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This thesis examines the position of the Hijazi Nahda in the intellectual history of the Middle East by analyzing how historical writing shaped the character of the Arab Revolt and the Hashemite state. Examining the Hijazi newspaper al-Qibla and the writings of its chief editor Muhibb al-Din al-Khatib, this thesis explores how the discipline of history developed within the medium of print in the Hijaz and how that development influenced notions of citizenship, law, rights, and religion. Historical writing in al-Qibla increasingly became a sign for the modern and defined how perceptions of time and space were understood within its readership while altering the nature of authority, legitimacy, and statehood. This thesis argues that the Hijazi Nahda remained the only movement focused upon the nation-state model and shows how that orientation influenced the development of historical writing within the Hijaz.