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Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

Series Editor: James E. Montgomery, Roger Allen, Philip Kennedy

Routledge Curzon Studies in Middle-Eastern Literatures is a monograph series devoted to aspects of the literatures of the Near and Middle East and North Africa both modern and pre-modern. It is hoped that the provision of such a forum will lead to a greater emphasis on the comparative study of the literatures of this area, although studies devoted to one literary or linguistic region are warmly encouraged. It is the editors' objective to foster the comparative and multi-disciplinary investigation of the written and oral literary products of this area.

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1-10 of 21 results in Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures
  1. Remembering Cosmopolitan Egypt

    Literature, culture, and empire

    By Deborah Starr

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published February 13th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Of Dishes and Discourse

    Classical Arabic Literary Representations of Food

    By Geert Jan van Gelder

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published February 21st 2011 by Routledge

  3. Religious Perspectives in Modern Muslim and Jewish Literatures

    Edited by Glenda Abramson, Hilary Kilpatrick

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published February 9th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Sheherazade Through the Looking Glass

    The Metamorphosis of the 'Thousand and One Nights'

    By Eva Sallis

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published January 11th 2011 by Routledge

  5. The Palestinian Novel

    A Communication Study

    By Ibrahim Taha

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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....

    Published August 31st 2010 by Routledge

  6. Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry

    Ibn Al-Rumi and the Patron's Redemption

    By Beatrice Gruendler

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published August 31st 2010 by Routledge

  7. Making the Great Book of Songs

    Compilation and the Author's Craft in Abû I-Faraj al-Isbahânî's Kitâb al-aghânî

    By Hilary Kilpatrick

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published August 31st 2010 by Routledge

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

    By Samah Selim

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published August 31st 2010 by Routledge

  9. Ibn Abi Tahir Tayfur and Arabic Writerly Culture

    A Ninth Century Bookman in Baghdad

    By Shawkat M. Toorawa

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published August 31st 2010 by Routledge

  10. Medieval Andalusian Courtly Culture in the Mediterranean

    Hadîth Bayâd wa Riyâd

    By Cynthia Robinson

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published August 19th 2010 by Routledge

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