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  • Soft Force: Women in Egypt's Islamic Awakeningby Ellen Anne McLarney

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 27.95

    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...

  • Constructing Identity in Iranian-American Self-Narrativeby Maria D. Wagenknecht

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 90.00

    Shaped by the experiences of the Iranian Revolution, Iranian-American autobiographers use this chaotic past to tell their current stories in the United States. Wagenknecht analyzes a wide range of such writing and draws new conclusions about migration, exile, and life between different and often clashing cultures. more...

  • Zeit und Gottby Georges Tamer

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 196.00

    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,... more...

  • Interpreting al-Tha'labi's Tales of the Prophetsby Marianna Klar

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 48.95

    Al-Tha?labi was a renowned Qur?anic scholar of the fifth/eleventh century, and his ?Ara?is al-majalis is arguably the finest and most widely consulted example of the Islamic qisas al-anbiya? genre. Drawing on primary Arabic sources, Klar applies modern critical methods in order to explore the nature of al-Tha?labi?s ?Ara'is al-majalis within... 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$ 100.00

    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$ 100.00

    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$ 100.00

    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...

  • Metaphor and Diaspora in Contemporary Writingby Jonathan P.A. Sell

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 95.00

    Choose ten major contemporary diasporic writers (from Abdulrazak to Zadie), ask ten leading authorities to write about their use of metaphor, and this is the result: a timely reassertion of metaphor's unrivalled capacity to encompass sameness and difference and create understanding and empathy across boundaries of nationality, race and ethnicity. more...