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  • Close Relationshipsby Jan Van Gelder

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 14.95

    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...

  • Postcolonial Writers in the Global Literary Marketplaceby Sarah Brouillette

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 32.00

    Combining analysis with detailed accounts of authors' careers and the global trade in literature, this book assesses how postcolonial writers respond to their own reception and niche positioning, parading their exotic otherness to metropolitan audiences, within a global marketplace. more...

  • The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nightsby Robert Irwin; Malcolm Lyons; Ursula Lyons

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 31.98

    Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, executing her next morning. To end this brutal pattern and to save her own life, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king tales of adventure, love, riches and wonder - tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, the Angel of Death... more...

  • The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nightsby Robert Irwin; Malcolm Lyons; Ursula Lyons

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 31.98

    Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, executing her next morning. To end this brutal pattern and to save her own life, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king tales of adventure, love, riches and wonder - tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, the Angel of Death... more...

  • 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$ 33.99

    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...