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  • The Essential Naguib Mahfouzby Denys Johnson-Davies

    I.B.Tauris 2011; US$ 9.99

    Naguib Mahfouz, the first and only writer of Arabic to be awarded the Nobel prize for literature, wrote prolifically from the 1930s until shortly before his death in 2006, in a variety of genres: novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, a regular weekly newspaper column, and in later life his intensely brief and evocative Dreams. His Cairo Trilogy... more...

  • Arab Women Writersby Radwa Ashour; Ferial J. Ghazoul

    American University of Cairo Press 2008; US$ 57.99

    Arab women?s writing in the modern age began with ?A?isha al-Taymuriya, Warda al-Yaziji, Zaynab Fawwaz, and other nineteenth-century pioneers in Egypt and the Levant. This unique study?first published in Arabic in 2004?looks at the work of those pioneers and then traces the development of Arab women?s literature through the end of the twentieth century,... more...

  • A Brief Introduction to Modern Arabic Literatureby David Tresilian

    Saqi 2012; US$ 10.19

    Modern Arabic literature remains little known and poorly understood despite growing curiosity among European readers. This brief introduction offers a unique overview, focusing on developments over the last fifty years. It provides a guide to the literary landscape, indicating the major landmarks in the shape of authors, ideas and debates. The picture... more...

  • The Dramatic Literature of Nawal El Saadawiby Nawal El Saadawi

    Saqi 2012; US$ 11.65

    Nawal El Saadawi?s most recent play, God Resigns at the Summit Meeting, created an uproar in her native Egypt. On the basis of the title alone, officials declared the work heretical and charged El Saadawi with insulting the “Almighty God?, not just Islam. Her prosecutors requested that all her books be destroyed, that she be arrested on return to... more...

  • A River Dies of Thirstby Mahmoud Darwish; Catherine Cobham

    Saqi 2012; US$ 11.67

    Mahmoud Darwish was one of the most acclaimed contemporary poets in the Arab world, and is often cited as the poetic voice of the Palestinian people. During the tumultuous summer of 2006, as Israel attacked Gaza and Lebanon, Darwish was in Ramallah. He recorded his observations and feelings in writing, included in A River Dies of Thirst, some of his... more...

  • A Critical Introduction to Modern Arabic Poetryby M. M. Badawi

    Cambridge University Press 1976; US$ 44.00

    A critical survey of the development and achievements of Arabic poetry over the last 150 years. more...

  • Plague Lands and Other Poemsby Fawzi Karim

    Carcanet 2011; US$ 18.89

    Born in Baghdad in 1945, now living in London, Fawzi Karim is one of the most compelling voices of the exiled generation of Iraqi writers. In the first collection of his poetry to appear in English, his long sequence ?Plague Lands? is an elegy for the life of a lost city, a chronicle of a journey into exile, haunted by the deep history of an ancient... more...

  • Plague Landsby Fawzi Karim; Anthony Howell; Abbas Kadhim

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2011; US$ 20.95

    Fawzi Karim is one of the most compelling voices of the exiled generation of Iraqi writers. The first of his poetry to appear in English, this collection includes an elegy for the life of a lost city—a chronicle of a journey into exile, haunted by the deep history of an ancient civilization. Memories of Baghdad?s alleys, smoke-filled cafés, and mulberry-shaded... more...

  • The Undergraduate's Companion to Arab Writers and Their Web Sitesby Dona Straley

    ABC-CLIO 2004; US$ 35.00

    This companion provides information on the lives and works of about 150 authors who write primarily in Arabic, covering the first known works of Arabic literature in the 5th and 6th centuries A.D. to the present day. While concentrating on literary authors, writers from the fields of history, geography, and philosophy are also represented. The individuals... more...

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

    Harrassowitz Verlag 2014; US$ 91.85

    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...