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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$ 36.99

    Short fiction was an immensely innovative art in the medieval Arab world, providing the perfect vehicle for transmitting dazzling images of life and experiences as early as pre-Islamic times. These works also speak to the urbanization of the Arab domain after Islam, mirroring the bustling life of the Muslim Arabs and Islamized Persians and reflecting... more...

  • The Star, the Cross, and the Crescentby Carine Bourget

    Lexington Books 2011; US$ 39.99

    The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent examines how Francophone writers from the Maghreb and the Near East represent the intertwining of religion and politics in various disputes, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Lebanese and Algerian civil wars, the affair of the Muslim headscarf in France, and 9/11. It analyzes fiction, films, comic books,... more...

  • Postcolonial Memoir in the Middle Eastby Norbert Bugeja

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95

    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...

  • Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemyby Erdag Göknar

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 52.95

    Orhan Pamuk, Secularism and Blasphemy is the first critical study of all of Pamuk?s novels, including the early untranslated work. In 2005 Orhan Pamuk was charged with "insulting Turkishness" under Article 301 of the Turkish penal code. Eighteen months later he was awarded the Nobel Prize. After decades of criticism for wielding a depoliticized... more...

  • 'Anticipating' the 2011 Arab Uprisingsby Rita Sakr

    Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 46.66

    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...

  • Dissident Writings of Arab Womenby Brinda J. Mehta

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 52.95

    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 Graying of the Ravenby Aida Bamia

    I.B.Tauris 2001; US$ 9.99

    From East to WestThe raven has turned grayO Reader of the unknownHelp 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 resistance... more...

  • The Intellectual and the People in Egyptian Literature and Cultureby Ayman A. El-Desouky

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 45.00

    The Intellectual and the People in Egyptian Literature and Culture uses the notion of am?ra ? the Egyptian concept of collective and connective agency ? to explore the relationship between the Egyptian intellectual and 'the people' in contemporary Egyptian literature and culture. more...

  • Soft Forceby Ellen Anne McLarney

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 27.95 US$ 22.36

    In the decades leading up to the Arab Spring in 2011, when Hosni Mubarak?s authoritarian regime was swept from power in Egypt, Muslim women took a leading role in developing a robust Islamist presence in the country?s public sphere. Soft Force examines the writings and activism of these women?including scholars, preachers, journalists, critics,... more...