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  • 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...

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

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    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...

  • The Reader in al-Jahizby Thomas Hefter

    Edinburgh University Press 2014; US$ 120.00

    Thomas Hefter takes a new approach in interpreting some of al-J??i?’s ‘epistolary monographs’. By focussing on the varying ways in which he wrote to the addressee, Hefter shows how al-J??i? shaped his conversations on the page in order to guide (or manipulate) his actual readers and encourage them to engage with his complex materials. more...

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

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 74.99

    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...

  • Dissident Writing of Arab Womenby Brinda J. Mehta

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 145.00

    Dissident Writings of Arab Women: Voices Against Violence analyzes the links between creative dissidence and inscriptions of violence in the writings of a selected group of postcolonial Arab women. The female authors destabilize essentialist framings of Arab identity through a series of reflective interrogations and "contesting" literary genres... 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 book... more...

  • Scheherazade's Legacyby Susan M. Darraj

    ABC-CLIO 2004; US$ 43.95

    Brings together the voices of important Arab and Arab-American women writers on the subject of creative writing and offers many original selections from contributors. more...