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  • Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expoundedby Humphrey Davies; Yusuf al-Shirbini

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 40.00

    Unique in pre-20th-century Arabic literature for taking the countryside as its central theme, Yusuf al-Shirbini?s  Brains Confounded  combines a mordant satire on seventeenth-century Egyptian rural society with a hilarious parody of the verse-and-commentary genre so beloved by scholars of his day.   In Volume One, Al-Shirbini describes the three... more...

  • Jasmine and Starsby Fatemeh Keshavarz

    The University of North Carolina Press 2007; US$ 18.99

    In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present-day Iran provides a rare insight into this rich culture alive with artistic expression but virtually unknown to... more...

  • Milton in the Arab-Muslim Worldby Islam Issa

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 119.95

    The first full-length study of the reception of John Milton?s (1608-74) writings in the Arab-Muslim world, this book examines the responses of Arab-Muslim readers to Milton?s works, and in particular, to his epic poem: Paradise Lost. It contributes to knowledge of the history, development, and ways in which early modern writings are read and understood... more...

  • Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkeyby Nergis Erturk

    Oxford University Press 2011; US$ 35.99 US$ 30.95

    The 1928 Turkish alphabet reform replacing the Perso-Arabic script with the Latin phonetic alphabet is an emblem of Turkish modernization. Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey traces the history of Turkish alphabet and language reform from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, examining its effects on modern Turkish literature. more...

  • Routledge Revivals: The Romance of the Rubáiyát (1959)by A. J. Arberry

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 140.00

    First published in 1959, this reprint of the first edition of Edward FitzGerald?s translation of the Rubáiyát is accompanied by an introduction and notes by A J Arberry, one of Britain?s most distinguished Orientalist scholars. The Rubáiyát is a selection of poems written in Persian attributed to Omar Khayyám. The work will be of interest to... more...

  • Routledge Revivals: Scheherezade (1953)by A. J. Arberry

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 140.00

    First published in 1953, this translation of part of the Arabian Nights by A. J. Arberry offers four famous stories in modern idiom: Aladdin, Judar, Aboukir and Abousir, and the Amorous Goldsmith. The introduction provides a brief analysis of earlier translations of the tales and explains their value as indicators of the society in which they were... 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...

  • The Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabic Literatureby Robert Irwin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 25.37

    Spanning the fifth century to the sixteenth, and ranging from Afghanistan to Spain, this unique collection provides a profound insight into the sheer vitality and depth of Classical Arabic literature. From the earliest surviving fragments of The Thousand and One Nights to the elegant beauty and profound power of the Qur'an - believed by the Islamic... 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...