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  • 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...

  • Zeit und Gottby Georges Tamer

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 168.00

    This work deals with concepts of time in pre-Islamic Arabic poetry and in the Koran, placing them in relation to Hellenistic conceptions of time in Late Antique poetry. The analysis shows that just as in the much earlier field of Greek poetry, so too in Old Arabic verse time is seen as an inescapable power. The Arabic concept for endless time, dahr,... more...

  • Temptation, Responsibility and Loss in Tha'labi'sby Marianna Klar

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 44.95

    Klar gives a compelling examination of the prophets Job, Saul, David, Noah and Solomon as portrayed in Tha?labi?s ?Arais Al-Majalis? and questions its efficacy as a tool for the exploration for the human condition via a close analysis of the tales of the five figures. more...

  • Pens, Swords, and the Springs of Artby Nadia G. Yaqub

    BRILL 2006; US$ 177.00

    Offering an analysis of oral poetry dueling performed at traditional Palestinian weddings, this book addresses poetry dueling as a performative and compositional device, and explores the complex linkages between this tradition and other genres of Arabic poetry. more...

  • Counterrealism and Indo-Anglian Fictionby Chelva Kanaganayakam

    Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2006; US$ 42.95

    What do R.K. Narayan, G.V. Desani, Anita Desai, Zulfikar Ghose, Suniti Namjoshi, and Salman Rushdie have in common? They represent Indian writing in English over five decades. Vilified by many cultural nationalists for not writing in native languages, they nonetheless present a critique of the historical and cultural conditions that promoted... more...

  • Cosmopolitan Criticism and Postcolonial Literatureby Robert Spencer

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 95.00

    Via readings of novels by J.M. Coetzee, Timothy Mo and Salman Rushdie and the later poetry of W.B. Yeats, this book reveals how postcolonial writing can encourage the enlarged sense of moral and political responsibility needed to supplant ongoing forms of imperial violence with cosmopolitan institutions, relationships and ways of thinking. more...

  • Islam in the Eastern African Novelby Emad Mirmotahari

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 95.00

    Islam in the Eastern African Novel offers an idiosyncratic perspective on the sub-Saharan African novel. Mirmotahari argues that Islam is not an incidental factor in the novels of Vassanji Gurnah and Farah, but a central organizing presence that generates new conceptual questions and demands new critical frameworks with which to approach categories... more...

  • Urban Space in Contemporary Egyptian Literatureby Mara Naaman

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 95.00

    This book is an examination of how the space of the downtown served dual purposes as both a symbol of colonial influence and capital in Egypt, as well as a staging ground for the demonstrations of the Egyptian nationalist movement. It is through the lens of literature, in this case a body of texts that form an archive on the downtown, that one is able... 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. more...

  • Cosmopolitical Claimsby B. Venkat Mani

    University of Iowa Press 2007; US$ 29.95

    Cosmopolitical Claims is a profoundly original study of the works of Sten Nadonly, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Feridun Zaimoglu, and 2006 Nobel prize in literature recipient Orhan Pamuk. Rather than using the proverbial hyphen in ?Turkish-German? to indicate a culture caught between two nations, Venkat Mani is interested in how Turkish-German literature engages... more...