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  • The Lightning-Scene in Ancient Arabic Poetryby Ali A Hussein

    Harrassowitz Verlag 2014; US$ 83.28

    In Old Arabic poetry from the pre-Islamic and early Islamic periods to the end of the orthodox Caliphate, one theme is the lightning-scene. In this the protagonist asserts that he could not sleep because he saw lightning flashing far away in the sky. The book explores the various functions of this scene, and its relationship with other parts of the... more...

  • The Literary Heritage of the Arabsby Suheil Bushrui; James Malarkey

    Saqi 2014; US$ 21.86

    The Literary Heritage of the Arabs samples some of the finest literature produced by Arab writers in the last 1,500 years. The selection of poetry and prose spans many genres and styles, conveying the full range of Arab experiences and perspectives - from the tragic to the comic, the wistful to the mystical, the courtly to the lowly, and the Arab East... more...

  • Literature and Development in North Africaby Perri Giovannucci

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 51.95

    The book examines how modern global development largely privileges Western multinational interests at the expense of local or indigenous concerns in the "developing" nations of the East. The practices of development have mostly led not to economic, social, and political progressivism in local society but rather to instability, poverty, debt, and repression.... more...

  • The London Cabbieby Alf Townsend

    The History Press 2011; US$ 11.65

    <div>Forty years ago Alf Townsend passed The Knowledge - after 14,000 miles on a moped round central London. Since then he has covered millions of miles in his taxi. This book includes a selection of his extraordinary and hilarious tales of everyday life as a cabbie, in which we meet Mr Whippy and Violent Pete, Bread Roll Mick and the... more...

  • Moorish Poetryby A.J. Arberry

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 55.95

    Seven hundred and fifty years ago, this anthology of small masterpieces of renowned Moorish poets from Muslim Spain, North Africa and Sicily was compiled by Ibn Sa'id al-Andalusi, a native of Southern Spain. The text has been translated into rhymed English verses with an Introduction explaining the conventions of Arabic literature within which these... more...

  • My Beautiful Bahrainby Robin Barratt

    Andrews UK 2012; US$ 6.49

    Bahrain is beautiful, for many reasons- but it is mainly beautiful, in my eyes, because it is a country that embraces. The historical and cultural metamorphosis of this island is reflected in the aggregate of identities, accents and mini-cultures. Like the pearl, Bahrain has many layers and that only further adds to its lustre. The past attests to... more...

  • Naguib Mahfouzby Rasheed El-Enany

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 45.95

    First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • New Perspectives on Arabian Nightsby Wen-chin Ouyang; Geert Jan van Gelder

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, this comparative study of a selection of The Arabian Nights stories in a cross-cultural context, brings together a number of disciplines and subject areas to examine the workings of narrative. It predominantly focuses on the ways in which the Arabian Nights have transformed as its stories have travelled... more...

  • Of Dishes and Discourseby Geert Jan van Gelder

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    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 reader to enjoy a panorama of medieval Arabo-Islamic culture... more...

  • On the Art of Medieval Arabic Literatureby Andras Hamori

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    In applying the standards of modern literary criticism to medieval Arabic literature, Andras Hamori concentrates on those aspects of the literature that appear most alien to modern Western taste: the limitation of themes, the sedimentation with conventions, and the use of elusive patterns of composition. The first part of the book approaches Arabic... more...