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Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt: Literature, culture, and empire

Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt: Literature, culture, and empire

1st Edition

Deborah Starr
February 14, 2013

Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt examines the link between cosmopolitanism in Egypt, from the nineteenth century through to the mid-twentieth century, and colonialism. While it has been widely noted that such a relationship exists, the nature and impact of this dynamic is often overlooked. Taking a...

Of Dishes and Discourse: Classical Arabic Literary Representations of Food

Of Dishes and Discourse: Classical Arabic Literary Representations of Food

1st Edition

Geert Jan van Gelder
February 22, 2011

Considers how Arab and Islamic culinary culture may be represented in literary forms. Scholars of the medieval Islamic period are keenly aware of the importance of food and wine as themes in literature. Van Gelder's witty and subtle approach teases the most out of texts as well as enabling the...

Religious Perspectives in Modern Muslim and Jewish Literatures

Religious Perspectives in Modern Muslim and Jewish Literatures

1st Edition

Glenda Abramson, Hilary Kilpatrick
February 10, 2011

This collection brings together discussions of the way in which Muslim and Jewish beliefs and practices are represented in modern literary texts of poetry, fiction and drama. The chapters collected here consider elements of the expression of Judaism and Islam in modern literature. Key topics...

Sheherazade Through the Looking Glass: The Metamorphosis of the 'Thousand and One Nights'

Sheherazade Through the Looking Glass: The Metamorphosis of the 'Thousand and One Nights'

1st Edition

Eva Sallis
January 12, 2011

The Thousand and One Nights was reborn into an alien environment in 1704, its signs being received in a radically different way from their original meanings. Works of literature change as people and cultures who read them change. This study explores the Nights with reference to this view of...

The Palestinian Novel: A Communication Study

The Palestinian Novel: A Communication Study

1st Edition

Ibrahim Taha
September 01, 2010

Examines the complex relationship between the reality of the Palestinian minority in Israel and their literature through six novels, according to a literary communication model which enables Dr Taha to examine how authors who belong to this minority relate to their readers....

Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry: Ibn Al-Rumi and the Patron's Redemption

Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry: Ibn Al-Rumi and the Patron's Redemption

1st Edition

Beatrice Gruendler
September 01, 2010

This book gives an insight into panegyrics, a genre central to understanding medieval Near Eastern Society. Poets in this multi-ethnic society would address the majority of their verse to rulers, generals, officials, and the urban upper classes, its tone ranging from celebration to reprimand and...

Making the Great Book of Songs: Compilation and the Author's Craft in Abû I-Faraj al-Isbahânî's Kitâb al-aghânî

Making the Great Book of Songs: Compilation and the Author's Craft in Abû I-Faraj al-Isbahânî's Kitâb al-aghânî

1st Edition

Hilary Kilpatrick
September 01, 2010

This is the first systematic literary study of one of the masterpieces of classical Arabic literature, the fourth/tenth century Kitâb al-aghânî (The Book of Songs) by Abû I-Faraj al-Isbahânî. Until now the twenty-four volume Book of Songs has been regarded as a rather chaotic but priceless mine of...

The Novel and the Rural Imaginary in Egypt, 1880-1985

The Novel and the Rural Imaginary in Egypt, 1880-1985

1st Edition

Samah Selim
September 01, 2010

The book locates questions of languages, genre, textuality and canonicity within a historical and theoretical framework that foregrounds the emergence of modern nationalism in Egypt. The ways in which the cultural discourses produced by twentieth century Egyptian nationalism created a space...

Ibn Abi Tahir Tayfur and Arabic Writerly Culture: A Ninth Century Bookman in Baghdad

Ibn Abi Tahir Tayfur and Arabic Writerly Culture: A Ninth Century Bookman in Baghdad

1st Edition

Shawkat M. Toorawa
September 01, 2010

Toorawa re-evaluates the literary history and landscape of  third to ninth century Baghdad by demonstrating and emphasizing the significance of the important transition from a predominantly oral-aural culture to an increasingly literate one. This transformation had a profound influence on...

Medieval Andalusian Courtly Culture in the Mediterranean: Hadîth Bayâd wa Riyâd

Medieval Andalusian Courtly Culture in the Mediterranean: Hadîth Bayâd wa Riyâd

1st Edition

Cynthia Robinson
August 20, 2010

Medieval Andalusian Courtly Culture discusses the unicum manuscript of the Hadîth Bayâd wa Riyâd, the only illustrated manuscript known to have survived for more than eight centuries of Muslim and Arabic-speaking presence in present-day Spain. The manuscript is of paramount importance as it...

Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Garde: Intersection in Egypt

Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Garde: Intersection in Egypt

1st Edition

Elisabeth Kendall
August 20, 2010

The author explores the role of journalism in Egypt in effecting and promoting the development of modern Arabic literature from its inception in the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Remapping the literary scene in Egypt over recent decades, Kendall focuses on the...

Literary Modernity Between the Middle East and Europe: Textual Transactions in 19th Century Arabic, English and Persian Literatures

Literary Modernity Between the Middle East and Europe: Textual Transactions in 19th Century Arabic, English and Persian Literatures

1st Edition

Kamran Rastegar
August 20, 2010

Providing a broad ranging and unique comparative study of the development of English, Persian and Arabic literature, this book looks at their interrelations with specific reference to modernity, nationalism and social value. It gives a strong theoretical underpinning to the development of Middle...

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