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Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures


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Writing and Representation in Medieval Islam: Muslim Horizons

Writing and Representation in Medieval Islam: Muslim Horizons

1st Edition

Julia Bray
August 18, 2010

With contributions from specialists in different areas of classical Islamic thought, this accessible volume explores the ways in which medieval Muslims saw, interpreted and represented the world around them in their writings. Focusing mainly on the eighth to tenth centuries AD, known as the ‘...

Nationalism, Islam and World Literature: Sites of Confluence in the Writings of Mahmud Al-Mas’adi

Nationalism, Islam and World Literature: Sites of Confluence in the Writings of Mahmud Al-Mas’adi

1st Edition

Mohamed-Salah Omri
August 18, 2010

The writer and politician Mahmud al-Mis’adi is a figure of prime importance in the development of North African literature and cultural politics since the last war. This fascinating book covers both his essays and fiction, written between the 1930s and 1990s, which challenge the boundaries between...

The Oral and the Written in Early Islam

The Oral and the Written in Early Islam

1st Edition

Gregor Schoeler, Uwe Vagelpohl, James E. Montgomery
August 18, 2010

Made up of a number of seminal articles that are translated for the first time in English, this prestigious book from Gregor Schoeler gives a reasoned, informed and comprehensive overflow of how the written and the spoken interacted, diverged and received cultural articulation among the Muslim...

The Thousand and One Nights: Space, Travel and Transformation

The Thousand and One Nights: Space, Travel and Transformation

1st Edition

Richard van Leeuwen
August 18, 2010

This volume discusses The Thousand and One Nights' themes of space and travel showing how they are used not only as a setting in which the story unfolds, but also as the dynamic force which propels the heroes and the story to the final dénouement. These events often symbolize a process of...

Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation

Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation

1st Edition

Christopher Stone
August 18, 2010

Based on an award-winning thesis, this volume is a pioneering study of musical theatre and popular culture and its relation to the production of identity in Lebanon in the second half of the twentieth century. In the aftermath of the departure of the French from Lebanon and the civil...

Arabic Poetry: Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition

Arabic Poetry: Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition

1st Edition

Muhsin J. al-Musawi
July 29, 2010

Since the late 1940s, Arabic poetry has spoken for an Arab conscience, as much as it has debated positions and ideologies, nationally and worldwide. This book tackles issues of modernity and tradition in Arabic poetry as manifested in poetic texts and criticism by poets as participants in...

Arab Culture and the Novel: Genre, Identity and Agency in Egyptian Fiction

Arab Culture and the Novel: Genre, Identity and Agency in Egyptian Fiction

1st Edition

Muhammad Siddiq
July 29, 2010

This book explores the complex relationship between the novel and identity in modern Arab culture against a backdrop of contemporary Egypt. It uses the example of the Egyptian novel to interrogate the root causes – religious, social, political, and psychological – of the lingering...

Contemporary Arab Fiction: Innovation from Rama to Yalu

Contemporary Arab Fiction: Innovation from Rama to Yalu

1st Edition

Fabio Caiani
July 29, 2010

This book introduces Western readers to some of the most significant novels written in Arabic since 1979. Despite their contribution to the development of contemporary Arabic fiction, these authors remain largely unknown to non-Arab readers. Fabio Caiani examines the work of the Moroccan Muhammad...

Islamic Culture Through Jewish Eyes: Al-Andalus from the Tenth to Twelfth Century

Islamic Culture Through Jewish Eyes: Al-Andalus from the Tenth to Twelfth Century

1st Edition

Esperanza Alfonso
July 29, 2010

Islamic Culture Through Jewish Eyes analyzes the attitude towards Muslims, Islam, and Islamic culture as presented in sources written by Jewish authors in the Iberian Peninsula between the tenth and the twelfth centuries. By bringing the Jewish attitude towards the "other" into sharper...

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