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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 October 7th 2009 by Routledge

  2. Islamic Culture Through Jewish Eyes

    Al-Andalus from the Tenth to Twelfth Century

    By Esperanza Alfonso

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published November 5th 2007 by Routledge

  3. Literary Modernity Between the Middle East and Europe

    Textual Transactions in 19th Century Arabic, English and Persian Literatures

    By Kamran Rastegar

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published September 10th 2007 by Routledge

  4. Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon

    The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation

    By Christopher Stone

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published September 10th 2007 by Routledge

  5. Contemporary Arab Fiction

    Innovation from Rama to Yalu

    By Fabio Caiani

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published August 21st 2007 by Routledge

  6. Arab Culture and the Novel

    Genre, Identity and Agency in Egyptian Fiction

    By Muhammad Siddiq

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published June 6th 2007 by Routledge

  7. 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 December 5th 2006 by Routledge

  8. The Thousand and One Nights

    Space, Travel and Transformation

    By Richard van Leeuwen

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published December 3rd 2006 by Routledge

  9. Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Garde

    Intersection in Egypt

    By Elisabeth Kendall

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published June 21st 2006 by Routledge

  10. The Oral and the Written in Early Islam

    By Gregor Schoeler, Uwe Vagelpohl, James E. Montgomery

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published June 6th 2006 by Routledge

  11. Nationalism, Islam and World Literature

    Sites of Confluence in the Writings of Mahmud Al-Mas’adi

    By Mohamed-Salah Omri

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published May 3rd 2006 by Routledge

  12. Writing and Representation in Medieval Islam

    Muslim Horizons

    Edited by Julia Bray

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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 ‘...

    Published March 8th 2006 by Routledge

  13. Arabic Poetry

    Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition

    By Muhsin J. al-Musawi

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

    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...

    Published January 10th 2006 by Routledge

  14. 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 November 6th 2005 by Routledge

  15. 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 May 15th 2005 by Routledge