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  • Persian Historiographyby Ehsan Yarshater; Charles Melville

    I.B.Tauris 2012; US$ 40.00

    Persian literature is the jewel in the crown of Persian culture. It has profoundly influenced the literatures of Ottoman Turkey, Muslim India and Turkic Central Asia and been a source of inspiration for Goethe, Emerson, Matthew Arnold and Jorge Luis Borges among others. Yet Persian literature has never received the attention it truly deserves._x000D_ _x000D_ A... 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...

  • Dissident Writings 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...

  • 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...

  • 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... 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...

  • Gibran, Rihani & Naimyby Aida Imangulieva

    Anqa Publishing 2010; US$ 15.99

    Originally published in Russian during the final years of the Soviet Union, this volume examines the influences of foreign literary movements, specifically Romanticism and Realism, on the three authors examined within. By viewing Gibran and Rihani?s works in the light of English poets such as Wordsworth, Byron, and Shelley and American writers such... more...

  • Close Relationshipsby Jan Van Gelder

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 32.00

    Close Relationships is Geert Jan van Gelder's groundbreaking and comprehensive study of the diverse facts and opinions concerning incest and close-kin marriage found in literary and non-literary pre-modern Arabic texts. The pre-Islamic Arabs knew about the dangers of inbreeding; the Qur'an formulates the basic principles of marriage impediments in... more...