The Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature is an authoritative reference source on the most important authors, works, genres, key terms, concepts and issues in the Arabic literary tradition. The Encyclopedia covers the classical (pre-Islamic to 1258), transitional (1258-1798) and modern periods within a single work. In over 1300 separately-authored entries, many of the world's experts combine current research with traditional study to provide authoritative analysis and commentary on a wide range of areas. These include major authors, important works, and a variety of literary terms. Also covered are forms such as poetry, drama and newspaper writing and key critical concepts of Arabic literature.
'It is a pleasure to welcome a book destined to become a standard source for scholars, students and librarians. Essential for collections in Arabic or Middle Eastern studies and comparative or world literature, and highly recommended for collections serving advanced readers.' - Choice
'A unique and useful reference for the scholar or student ... the Encyclopedia has a wide scope from ancient and pre-Islamic times to the present and including not only Muslim writers but Chrisitans, Jews, and others who made significant contributions to Arabic literature. This two volume set ... will make an excellent addition to academic or public collections specializing in things Arab or in world literature.' - Library Journal
'This is now the standard reference work for information on the most important authors, works, genres, key terms and issues in the Arabic literary tradition from the classical to the modern period.' - - Religious Studies Review
'The Encyclopedia is a crucial addition to the sources available for students and academics, and it will undoubtedly find its way to the bookshelves of all major libraries around the world' Studia Orientalia 85