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  • Unfortunately, It Was Paradiseby Mahmoud Darwish; Sinan Antoon; Amira El-Zein

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    Mahmoud Darwish is a literary rarity: at once critically acclaimed as one of the most important poets in the Arabic language, and beloved as the voice of his people. A legend in Palestine, his lyrics are sung by fieldworkers and schoolchildren. He has assimilated some of the world's oldest literary traditions while simultaneously struggling to open... more...

  • An Introduction to Arab Poeticsby Adonis

    Saqi 2013; US$ 8.74

    Poetry is the quintessence of Arab culture. In this book, one of the foremost Arab poets reinterprets a rich and ancient heritage. He examines the oral tradition of pre-Islamic Arabian poetry, as well as the relationship between Arabic poetry and the Qur'an, and between poetry and thought. Adonis also assesses the challenges of modernism and the impact... more...

  • Memory for Forgetfulnessby Mahmoud Darwish

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    One of the Arab world's greatest poets uses the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the shelling of Beirut as the setting for this sequence of prose poems. Mahmoud Darwish vividly recreates the sights and sounds of a city under terrible siege. As fighter jets scream overhead, he explores the war-ravaged streets of Beirut on August 6th (Hiroshima Day).... more...

  • Scheherazade's Childrenby Philip F. Kennedy; Marina Warner

    NYU Press 2013; US$ 27.00

    Scheherazade?s Children gathers together leading scholars to explore the reverberations of the tales of the Arabian Nights across a startlingly wide and transnational range of cultural endeavors. The contributors, drawn from a wide array of disciplines, extend their inquiries into the book?s metamorphoses on stage and screen as well... more...

  • A Treasury of Virtuesby al-Qadi al-Qudai; Tahera Qutbuddin

    NYU Press 2013; US$ 24.00

    A Treasury of Virtues  is a collection of sayings, sermons, and teachings attributed to ?Ali ibn Abi Talib (d. 40H/661AD), cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, first Shi?a Imam and fourth Sunni Caliph. ?Ali was an acknowledged master of Arabic eloquence and a renowned sage of Islamic wisdom. Through proverbs and aphorisms, sermons and speeches,... more...

  • The Epistle of Forgivenessby Abu l-Ala al-Maarri; Geert Jan Van Gelder; Gregor Schoeler

    NYU Press 2013; US$ 40.00

    One of the most unusual books in classical Arabic literature,  The Epistle of Forgiveness  is the lengthy reply by the prolific Syrian poet and prose writer Abu l-ʿAlaʾ al-Maʿarri (d. 449 H/1057 AD), to a letter written by an obscure grammarian, Ibn al-Qarih. With biting irony,  The Epistle of Forgiveness  mocks Ibn al-Qarih's hypocrisy... more...

  • Medieval Arabic Praise Poetryby Beatrice Gruendler

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    This book gives an insight into panegyrics, a genre central to understanding medieval Near Eastern Society. Poets in this multi-ethnic society would address the majority of their verse to rulers, generals, officials, and the urban upper classes, its tone ranging from celebration to reprimand and even to threat. more...

  • The Epistle of Forgivenessby Abu l-Ala al-Maarri; Geert Jan Van Gelder; Gregor Schoeler

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 40.00

    One of themost unusual books in classical Arabic literature, The Epistle of Forgiveness is the lengthy reply by the prolificSyrian poet and prose writer, Abu l-?Ala? al-Ma?arri (d. 449 H/1057 AD), to aletter by an obscure grammarian, Ibn al-Qarih. With biting irony, The Epistle of Forgiveness mocks Ibnal-Qarih?s hypocrisy and sycophancy by imagining... more...

  • Modern Palestinian Literature and Cultureby Ami Elad-Bouskila

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 62.95

    Studies of Palestinian society, economy, and politics are appearing with increasing frequency, but works in English about Palestinian literature, particularly that written in Israel, are still scarce. This book looks at this literature within the political and social context of Palestinian society, with a special focus on literature written during... more...

  • The Mahfouz Dialogsby Gamal al-Ghitani; Humphrey Davies

    I.B.Tauris 2007; US$ 8.99

    The Mahfouz Dialogs records the memories, views, and jokes of Naguib Mahfouz on subjects ranging from politics to the relationship between his novels and his life, as delivered to intimate friends at a series of informal meetings stretching out over almost half a century. Mahfouz was a pivotal figure not only in world literature (through being awarded... more...