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Middle Eastern

  • America in an Arab Mirrorby Kamal Abdel-Malek; Mouna El Kahla

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 37.00

    This distinguished anthology presents for the first time in English travel essays by Arabic writers who have visited America in the second half of the century. The view of America which emerges from these accounts is at once fascinating and illuminating, but never monolithic. The writers hail from a variety of viewpoints, regions, and backgrounds,... more...

  • When Heroes Loveby Susan Ackerman

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 59.99

    Toward the end of the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh King Gilgamesh laments the untimely death of his comrade Enkidu, "my friend whom I loved dearly." Similarly in the Bible, David mourns his companion, Jonathan, whose "love to me was wonderful, greater than the love of women." These passages, along with other ambiguous erotic and sexual language... more...

  • An Introduction to Arab Poeticsby Adonis

    Saqi 2013; US$ 8.74

    Poetry is the quintessence of Arab culture. In this book, one of the foremost Arab poets reinterprets a rich and ancient heritage. He examines the oral tradition of pre-Islamic Arabian poetry, as well as the relationship between Arabic poetry and the Qur?an, and between poetry and thought. Adonis also assesses the challenges of modernism and the... more...

  • Mount of Knowledge, Sword of Eloquenceby M. Adra

    I.B.Tauris 2011; US$ 47.00

    A distinguished scholar, author and statesman, al-Mu'ayyad fi'l-Din al-Shirazi (1000-1078 CE) lived during one of the most turbulent periods in Islamic history. The 11th-century was characterized, among other things, by an acute struggle for supremacy between the Sunni and Shi'a braches of Islam, represented politically by the 'Abbasid and Fatimid... more...

  • Global Perspectives on Orhan Pamukby Mehnaz M. Afridi; David M. Buyze

    Palgrave Macmillan 2012; US$ 95.00

    Explores existential and political themes in Orhan Pamuk's work and investigates the apparent contradictions in an arena where Islam and democracy are often seen as opposing and irreconcilable terms. Existential themes delve into literary nuances in Pamuk that discuss love, happiness, suffering, memory and death. more...

  • Modern Persian Literature in Afghanistanby Wali Ahmadi

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 44.95

    With the unleashing of the "War on Terror" in the aftermath of 9/11, Afghanistan has become prominent in the news. However, we need to appreciate that no substantive understanding of contemporary history, politics and society of this country can be achieved without a thorough analysis of the Afghan encounter with cultural and literary modernity and... more...

  • Culture, Diaspora, and Modernity in Muslim Writingby Rehana Ahmed; Peter Morey; Amina Yaqin

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 125.00

    This volume considers literary fiction by Muslim writers, dealing with the interaction of Muslim and non-Muslim cultures and exploring liberal orthodoxies such as secularism and multiculturalism. It covers writers such as Rushdie, Kureishi, Hamid, Aslam and Shamsie in essays by experts in English, South Asian, and postcolonial literatures in English. more...

  • New Voices of Arabia - the Poetryby Saad Al-Bazei

    I.B.Tauris 2012; US$ 40.00

    Poetry in Saudi Arabia today is a dramatic manifestation of the rapid changes that are sweeping not only through the country?s literature and culture, but also through Saudi life as a whole. The unyielding tension between the forces of change and tradition are nowhere more painfully visible than in the poem. Bringing together three generations of poets... more...

  • Desert Voicesby Moneera Al-Ghadeer

    I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 32.00

    The Bedouin, or ?desert dwellers?, have a rich cultural heritage often expressed through music and poetry. Here Moneera Al-Ghadeer provides us with the first comparative reading of women?s oral poetry from Saudi Arabia. She examines women?s lyrics of love, desire, mourning and grievance. We come to understand Bedouin mores and - most significantly... more...

  • Arabic Literary Thresholdsby Muhsin Al-Musawi

    BRILL 2009; US$ 238.00

    This book provides a very synthetic view of Arabic literature within the field of social sciences and the humanities. It demonstrates an actual shift in the study of Arabic literature and directs attention to new dimensions and perspectives. more...