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  • Missing Soluchby Mahmoud Dowlatabadi; Kamran Rastegar

    Melville House 2012; US$ 16.95

    Perhaps the most important work in modern Iranian literature, this starkly beautiful novel examines the trials of an impoverished woman and her children living in a remote village in Iran, after the unexplained disappearance of her husband, Soluch. Lyrical yet unsparing, the novel examines her life as she contends with the political corruption, authoritarianism,... more...

  • Classical Arabic Storiesby Salma Khadra Jayyusi

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 34.99

    Short fiction was an immensely popular art in the medieval and premodern Arab world, providing the perfect vehicle for transmitting the tenets of classical Islam. Reading these texts today illuminates the wide spectrum of early Arab life and suggests the influences and innovations that flourished so vibrantly in medieval Arab society. The only... more...

  • Postcolonial Memoir in the Middle Eastby Norbert Bugeja

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 140.00

    This book reconsiders the notion of liminality in postcolonial critical discourse today. By visiting Mashriqi writers of memoir, Bugeja offers a unique intervention in the understanding of 'in-between' and ?threshold? states in present-day postcolonialist thought. His analysis situates liminal space as a fraught form of consciousness that mediates... more...

  • 'Anticipating' the 2011 Arab Uprisingsby Rita Sakr

    Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 45.00

    This Pivot volume explores an exciting range of powerful novels and memoirs from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria that reveal political geographies of injustice and popular discontent thus 'anticipating' or imaginatively envisioning as well as participating in some of the major current upheavals in their particular national contexts. more...

  • Exploring Arab Folk Literatureby Pierre Cachia

    Edinburgh University Press 2011; US$ 104.00

    The character and range of Arab folk literature are investigated by Pierre Cachia in this collection of his pioneering essays in the field. Arranged into three sections, Cachia looks first at historical developments in the relationship between Arab folk literature and that of the elite, the gradual elaboration of certain genres, and the producers of... more...

  • Traveling Through Egyptby Deborah Manley; Sahar Abdel-Hakim

    The American University in Cairo Press 2004; US$ 12.99

    A new paperback edition of a best-selling anthology more...

  • Die Zensurgeschichte der Türkeiby Nihal Kubilay Pinar

    Tectum Verlag 2014; US$ 25.51

    Zwischen der Habsburgermonarchie und dem Osmanischen Reich herrschten zeitweise intensive diplomatische Kontakte und Handelsbeziehungen. Was man dagegen vergeblich suchte, war der kulturelle und wissenschaftliche Austausch. Das Reich kehrte dem Westen auf ähnliche Weise den Rücken wie heute die EU der Türkei. Dass es westliche Werke unter osmanischen... more...

  • Desert Voicesby Moneera Al-Ghadeer

    I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 32.00

    The Bedouin, or ?desert dwellers?, have a rich cultural heritage often expressed through music and poetry. Here Moneera Al-Ghadeer provides us with the first comparative reading of women?s oral poetry from Saudi Arabia. She examines women?s lyrics of love, desire, mourning and grievance. We come to understand Bedouin mores and - most significantly... 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...

  • The Graying of the Ravenby Aida Bamia

    I.B.Tauris 2001; US$ 9.99

    From East to West The raven has turned gray O Reader of the unknown Help us in our ordeal! With a fine touch, Aida Bamia has explored the work of Muhammad bin al-Tayyib ?Alili (c.1894?c.1954), a hitherto virtually unknown oral poet of Algeria, bringing to her analysis new understanding of folk poetry as part of a people?s collective memory and their... more...