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  • The Man of Wiles in Popular Arabic Literatureby M. C. Lyons

    Edinburgh University Press 2012; US$ 112.00

    The Man of Wiles - terrorist or saint? The Man of Wiles (otherwise known as the Master Thief, the Trickster or the Fool) appears in every hero cycle within classical Arabic literature - proof of this figure's popularity with the audiences of Arab story-tellers. He embodies views acceptable to an otherwise inarticulate part of the population, allowing... more...

  • The Star, the Cross, and the Crescentby Carine Bourget

    Lexington Books 2011; US$ 33.99

    The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent examines how Francophone writers from the Maghreb and the Near East represent the intertwining of religion and politics in various disputes, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Lebanese and Algerian civil wars, the affair of the Muslim headscarf in France, and 9/11. It analyzes fiction, films, comic books,... more...

  • Orhan Pamuk, Secularism, and Blasphemyby Erdag Göknar

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 44.95

    Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy is the first critical study of all of Pamuk?s novels, including the early untranslated work. In 2005 Orhan Pamuk was charged with "insulting Turkishness" under Article 301 of the Turkish penal code. Eighteen months later he was awarded the Nobel Prize. After decades of criticism for wielding a depoliticized... more...

  • A Mind at Peaceby Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar; Erdag Goknar

    Steerforth Press 2011; US$ 20.00

    Surviving the childhood trauma of his parents? untimely deaths in the early skirmishes of World War I, Mümtaz is raised and mentored in Istanbul by his cousin Ihsan and his cosmopolitan family of intellectuals. Having lived through the tumultuous cultural revolutions following the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of the early Turkish Republic,... more...

  • Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fictionby Syrine Hout

    Edinburgh University Press 2012; US$ 104.00

    This book examines the phenomenon of the post-civil war Anglophone Lebanese fictional narrative. The texts chosen for study have been produced in, and are substantially about, life in exile. They therefore deal not only with the brutal civil strife in Lebanon (1975-1990) but with one of its crucial and long-standing by-products: expatriation. Syrine... more...

  • Islam on the Streetby Muhsin al-Musawi

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2009; US$ 29.95

    Islam on the Street deals with the popular side of Islam, from among the more militant groups in Islam, and by other, more secular thinkers who have also influenced public opinion. Muhsin al-Musawi explains the growing rift that has occurred between the secular intellectual and the upsurge of Islamic fervor in the street and what these secular... more...

  • West of the Jordanby Laila Halaby

    Beacon Press 2003; US$ 17.00

    This is a brilliant and revelatory first novel by a woman who is both an Arab and an American, who speaks with both voices and understands both worlds. Through the narratives of four cousins at the brink of maturity, Laila Halaby immerses her readers in the lives, friendships, and loves of girls struggling with national, ethnic, and sexual identities.... more...

  • A Mind at Peaceby Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar; Erdag Goknar

    Archipelago Books 2011; US$ 20.00

    The Turkish Ulysses . A lyrical tribute to Istanbul, set on the eve of World War II. more...

  • Trials of Arab Modernityby Tarek El-Ariss

    Fordham University Press 2013; US$ 19.99

    Challenging prevalent conceptualizations of modernity--which treat it either as a Western ideology imposed by colonialism or as a universal narrative of progress and innovation--this study instead offers close readings of the simultaneous performances and contestations of modernity staged in works by authors such as Rifa'a al-Tahtawi, Ahmad Faris... more...

  • Gate of the Sunby Elias Khoury; Humphrey Davies

    Steerforth Press 2012; US$ 26.00

    Gate of the Sun is the first magnum opus of the Palestinian saga. After their country is torn apart in 1948, two men remain alone in a deserted makeshift hospital in the Shatila camp on the outskirts of Beirut. We enter a vast world of displacement, fear, and tenuous hope. Khalil holds vigil at the bedside of his patient and spiritual father, a storied... more...