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  • Arabic Poetryby Muhsin J. al-Musawi

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    Since the late 1940s, Arabic poetry has spoken for an Arab conscience, as much as it has debated positions and ideologies, nationally and worldwide. This book tackles issues of modernity and tradition in Arabic poetry as manifested in poetic texts and criticism by poets as participants in transformation and change. It studies the poetic in its complexity,... more...

  • Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Gardeby Elisabeth Kendall

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    The author explores the role of journalism in Egypt in effecting and promoting the development of modern Arabic literature from its inception in the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Remapping the literary scene in Egypt over recent decades, Kendall focuses on the independent, frequently dissident, journals that were the real hotbed of innovative... more...

  • Nationalism, Islam and World Literatureby Mohamed-Salah Omri

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    The writer and politician Mahmud al-Mis?adi is a figure of prime importance in the development of North African literature and cultural politics since the last war. This fascinating book covers both his essays and fiction, written between the 1930s and 1990s, which challenge the boundaries between the sacred and irreligious in the Islamic world. In... more...

  • Religion, Literature, and Scholarship - The Sumerian Composition Nan?e and the Birdsby Niek Veldhuis

    BRILL 2004; US$ 175.00

    This book uses insights from religious studies, literary theory, and the history of science for understanding the Sumerian composition Nan?e and the Birds in the context of the Old Babylonian scribal school. It contains editions of all the relevant Sumerian texts. more...

  • The Oral and the Written in Early Islamby Gregor Schoeler; Uwe Vagelpohl; James E. Montgomery

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    Made up of a number of seminal articles that are translated for the first time in English, this prestigious book from Gregor Schoeler gives a reasoned, informed and comprehensive overflow of how the written and the spoken interacted, diverged and received cultural articulation among the Muslim societies of the first two centuries of the Hijra. more...

  • Die hethitische Literaturby Volkert Haas

    De Gruyter 2006; US$ 126.00

    This unique work provides a compendium of Hittite literary texts of all genres with detailed extracts and paraphrases and furnishes a comprehensible non-specialist commentary. In his selection, Volkert Haas takes account both of stylistic features and in particular of the traditions of motives and topoi in Ancient Greece and in the Old Testament.... more...

  • Foundations of Modern Arab Identityby Stephen Sheehi

    UPF 2004; US$ 59.95

    ''Examines a crucial period in Arabic literature which has received insufficient attention previously--the pre-modern writers of the 19th century . . . whose journalism and fiction not only shaped contemporary opinion but also subtly molded the contours and boundaries of discourse for the generations that followed. more...

  • The Thousand and One Nightsby Richard van Leeuwen

    Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 54.95

    This volume discusses The Thousand and One Nights ' themes of space and travel showing how they are used not only as a setting in which the story unfolds, but also as the dynamic force which propels the heroes and the story to the final dénouement. These events often symbolize a process of transformation, in which the hero has to search for his... more...

  • Fundamentalism and Literatureby Klaus Stierstorfer; Catherine Pesso-Miquel

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 100.00

    This book explores the manifold connections between fundamentalism and literature in English. Carefully selected case studies and surveys document an unexpected richness and variety in this unlikely relationship more...

  • Islamic Narrative and Authority in Southeast Asiaby Thomas Gibson

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 36.00

    This is a literary and anthropological analysis of historical narratives that illuminate regional notions of cosmological kingship, cosmopolitan notions of Islamic law and mysticism, and global notions of the modern bureaucratic state. These notions have coexisted in Southeast Asia since the Sixteenth century and influence politics to this day. more...