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  • The Oral and the Written in Early Islamby Gregor Schoeler; Uwe Vagelpohl; James E. Montgomery

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    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 societies of the first two centuries of the Hijra. more...

  • Foundations of Modern Arab Identityby Stephen Sheehi

    UPF 2004; US$ 59.95

    ''Examines a crucial period in Arabic literature which has received insufficient attention previously--the pre-modern writers of the 19th century . . . whose journalism and fiction not only shaped contemporary opinion but also subtly molded the contours and boundaries of discourse for the generations that followed. more...

  • Medieval Andalusian Courtly Culture in the Mediterraneanby Cynthia Robinson

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    Medieval Andalusian Courtly Culture discusses the unicum manuscript of the Hadî th 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 contains the only known surviving version, both in... more...

  • The Thousand and One Nightsby Richard van Leeuwen

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 54.95

    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 transformation, in which the hero has to search for... more...

  • Contemporary Arab Fictionby Fabio Caiani

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 54.95

    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 Barrada; the Egyptian Idwar al-Kharrat; the Lebanese... more...

  • Contemporary Arab Women Writersby Anastasia Valassopoulos

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 130.00

    This book engages with contemporary Arab women writers from Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Algeria. In spite of Edward Said?s groundbreaking reappraisal of the uneven relationship between the West and the Arab world in Orientalism , there has been little postcolonial criticism of Arab writing. Anastasia Valassopoulos raises the profile of Arab women... more...

  • I Saw Ramallahby Mourid Barghouti; Edward W. Said

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.00

    Winner of the prestigious Naguib Mahfouz Medal, this fierce and moving work is an unparalleled rendering of the human aspects of the Palestinian predicament. Barred from his homeland after 1967?s Six-Day War, the poet Mourid Barghouti spent thirty years in exile?shuttling among the world?s cities, yet secure in none of them; separated from his family... more...

  • Witches, Isis and Narrativeby Stavros Frangoulidis

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 147.00

    This is the first in-depth study of Apuleius? Metamorphoses to juxtapose the different attitudes towards magic adopted by Lucius and other characters, either in embedded tales or in the main plot, as a key to deciphering the complex dynamics of the work. The contextualized approach pursued in this study further suggests that the novel?s... more...

  • The Universal Tree and the Four Birdsby Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi; Angela Jaffray

    Anqa Publishing 2006; US$ 19.99

    Through the story of the universal tree, representing the complete human being, and the four birds, representing the four essential aspects of existence, Ibn 'Arabi explains his teaching on the nature and meaning of union with God. Providing an excellent initiation into the often complex works of Ibn 'Arabi, this brief, delightful tale is the first... more...

  • The Arabian Nightsby Richard Burton; A.S. Byatt

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 17.00

    Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. These are the tales that saved the life of Shahrazad, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Shahrazad always withheld the ending: A thousand and one nights... more...