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  • Exploring Arab Folk Literatureby Pierre Cachia

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2011; Not Available

    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...

  • The Pearl of Dariby Zuzanna Olszewska

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    The Pearl of Dari takes us into the heart of Afghan refugee life in the Islamic Republic of Iran through a rich ethnographic portrait of the circle of poets and intellectuals who make up the "Pearl of Dari" cultural organization. Dari is the name by which the Persian language is known in Afghanistan. Afghan immigrants in Iran, refugees from the Soviet... more...

  • Knights in Armsby Goran Stanivukovic

    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 2016; US$ 65.00

    Knights in Arms moves beyond the best-known examples of the genre, such as Philip Sidney’s Arcadia , to consider the broad range of texts which featured the Eastern Mediterranean in this era. 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...

  • Zeit und Gottby Georges Tamer

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 224.00

    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 its... more...

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