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  • Al-Mutanabbiby Margaret Larkin

    Oneworld Publications 2012; US$ 40.00

    This exhaustive and yet enthralling study considers the life and work of al-Mutanabbi (915-965), often regarded as the greatest of the classical Arab poets. A revolutionary at heart and often imprisoned or forced into exile throughout his tumultuous life, al-Mutanabbi wrote both controversial satires and when employed by one of his many patrons,... more...

  • Abu Nuwasby Philip Kennedy

    Oneworld Publications 2012; US$ 19.95

    Abu Nuwas (c. 756-813) was one of the greatest Arab poets of the classical period. In literary history, he is remembered chiefly as the hard-drinking and eloquent composer of dissolute wine poems, from which he emerges as one of the most charismatic figures in world literature. Yet, he was in fact an all-round poet and exerted a profound influence... 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...

  • Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone?by Mahmoud Darwish; Mohammad Shaheen

    Hesperus Press 2014; US$ 12.99

    Mahmoud Darwish (1941?2008) won many awards for his poetry and prose and is regarded as the Palestinian national poet. His awards include the Lenin Peace Prize, the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, and The Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom. He lived in Houston, Texas. Mohammad Shaheen is an author and a highly regarded translator. more...

  • In the House of Silenceby Fadia Faqir

    Garnet Publishing (UK) Ltd 2014; US$ 10.19

    To complement the novels in the "Arab Women Writers" series, this is a collection of autobiographical writings by 13 leading Arab women authors. Through these testimonies, the women describe their experiences and expose the often difficult conditions under which their narratives were written. Patterns running throughout include experiences of confinement,... more...

  • Sound and Sense in Classical Arabic Poetryby Geert Jan van Gelder

    Harrassowitz Verlag 2015; US$ 85.02

    An early 10th-century Arabic critic defined poetry formally as ?metrical, rhymed, meaningful speech?. There are numerous studies of classical Arabic poetry, both pre-modern and modern, that deal with the themes and motifs of poems. Many of these pay scant attention to the formal aspects that distinguish Arabic poetry from prose: metre, rhyme, and other... more...

  • The Performing Arts in Medieval Islamby Li Guo

    BRILL 2011; US$ 136.00

    Drawing on medieval Arabic sources and earlier scholarship, this book is a study of the life and work of Ibn D?niy?l (d. 1310). It also presents the first full English translation of his shadow play "The Phantom.? more...

  • Arab Representations of the Occidentby Rasheed El-Enany

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    This is one of the first books in English to explore Arab responses to Western culture and values in modern Arab literature. Through in-depth research El-Enany examines the attitudes as expressed mainly through works of fiction written by Arab authors during the twentieth, and, to a lesser extent, nineteenth century. It constitutes an original addition... more...

  • Structure and Meaning in Medieval Arabic and Persian Lyric Poetryby Julie Meisami

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 54.95

    This is the first comprehensive and comparative study of compositional and stylistic techniques in medieval Arabic and Persian lyric poetry. Ranging over some seven countries, it deals with works by over thirty poets in the Islamic world from Spain to present-day Afghanistan, and examines how this rich poetic traditions exhibits both continuity and... more...

  • Arabic Literatureby Pierre Cachia

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 54.95

    Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, Arabic Literature - An Overview gives a rounded and balanced view of Arab literary creativity. 'High' literature is examined alongside popular folk literature, and the classical and modern periods, usually treated separately, are presented together. Cachia's observations are not subordinated to any pre-formed... more...