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  • An Introduction to Arab Poeticsby Adonis

    Saqi 2013; US$ 8.99

    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

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Aesthetic of Revolution in the Film and Literature of Naguib Mahfouz (1952?1967)by Nathaniel Greenberg

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 79.99

    This book examines the impact of revolution on one of the great literary minds of the twentieth century: Naguib Mahfouz. Concentrating on the years following the 1952 Free-Officers? Coup that brought an end to British colonialism in Egypt, this book analyzes Mahfouz?s turn to screenplay writing, and examines the significance of that transition.... more...

  • Mujùnby Zoltan Szombathy

    Gibb Memorial Trust 2013; US$ 40.00

    This book is about an aspect of mediaeval Arabic culture and literature known in Arabic as mujùn (roughly 'libertinism, licentiousness, frivolity, indecency, profligacy, shamelessness, impertinence', etc.), a concept that students of mediaeval Arabic texts may find rather hard to define but which is a recurrent term and a widespread phenomenon... more...

  • Di'bil b. 'Aliby Leon Zolondek

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Di'bil b. 'Al? (765--860) was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the best satirists in the school of Arabic poets which flourished during the early 'Abb?sid age. Leon Zolondek has collected, translated, and annotated 229 fragments of Di'bil's verse and has assembled materials for a reconstruction of his long-lost yet widely quoted Book of... more...

  • The Vagaries of the Qasidah by J. E. Montgomeryby J. E. Montgomery

    Gibb Memorial Trust 2015; US$ 30.00

    A study of the tradition and practice of early Arabic poetry, this book provides an investigation of the multiple versions of early poems that exist in various Abbasid collections. It offers a corrective to the more exaggerated claims concerning this poetry and revises some hitherto fundamental attitudes by advancing an individual philologically-driven... more...