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  • The Sword of Ambitionby Uthman b. Ibrahim al-Nabulusi; Sherman Jackson; Luke Yarbrough

    Library of Arabic Literature 2016; US$ 34.00

    The Sword of Ambition belongs to a genre of religious polemic written for the rulers of Egypt and Syria between the twelfth and the fourteenth centuries. Unlike most medieval Muslim polemic, the concerns of this genre were more social and political than theological. Leaving no rhetorical stone unturned, the book?s author, an unemployed Egyptian... more...

  • Le Livre des jours de Taha Husseinby Encyclopaedia Universalis

    Primento Digital Publishing 2015; US$ 2.99

    Bienvenue dans la collection Les Fiches de lecture d?Universalis Lorsqu?il publie la première partie de ses Mémoires, en 1927, Taha Hussein (1889-1973) traverse une passe difficile dans une existence très tôt marquée par l?adversité : à trois ans, une ophtalmie mal soignée l?a privé à jamais de la lumière dont il garde un pâle souvenir, évoqué... more...

  • A Mind at Peaceby Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar; Erdag Goknar

    Steerforth Press 2011; US$ 1.99

    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...

  • 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$ 17.99

    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...

  • Song of the Caged Birdby Marcello Di Cintio

    Knopf Canada 2014; US$ 2.99

    For political readers and anyone invested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Marcello Di Cintio's Song of the Caged Bird is a refreshing look at Palestinian resistance--through literature and the power of books.   When Marcello Di Cintio began teaching at the Palestine Writing Workshop in Ramallah, he avoided making reference to the occupation... more...

  • The Poetics of the Obscene in Premodern Arabic Poetryby Sinan Antoon

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 95.00

    The book is the first study of the 10th century Iraqi poet Ibn al-Hajjaj who popularized a new genre of obscene and scatological parody (sukhf) and is considered the most obscene poet in Arabic literature. Antoon traces the genealogy of this fascinating genre in and examines its rise by placing it in its sociopolitical context. more...

  • Soft Weaponsby Gillian Whitlock

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 22.50

    Azar Nafisi?s Reading Lolita in Tehran ,Marjane Satrapi?s comics, and ?Baghdad Blogger? Salam Pax?s Internet diary are just a few examples of the new face of autobiography in an age of migration, globalization, and terror. But while autobiography and other genres of life writing can help us attend to people whose experiences are frequently unseen... more...

  • Reading Khaled Hosseiniby Rebecca Stuhr

    ABC-CLIO 2009; US$ 40.00

    One of the most important emerging novelists today, Khaled Hosseini has enjoyed critical success and popular accolades. His first book, The Kite Runner , was voted Reading Group Book of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and was made into a major motion picture. His second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns , seems destined to follow the same path. Written for... more...