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Middle Eastern

  • Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expoundedby Humphrey Davies; Yusuf al-Shirbini

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 40.00

    Unique in pre-20th-century Arabic literature for taking the countryside as its central theme, Yusuf al-Shirbini?s Brains Confounded combines a mordant satire on seventeenth-century Egyptian rural society with a hilarious parody of the verse-and-commentary genre so beloved by scholars of his day. † In Volume One, Al-Shirbini describes the three... more...

  • Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expoundedby Humphrey Davies; Yusuf al-Shirbini

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 40.00

    Unique in pre-20th-century Arabic literature for taking the countryside as its central theme,†Yusuf al-Shirbini?s† Brains Confounded †combines a mordant satire on seventeenth-century Egyptian rural society with a hilarious parody of the verse-and-commentary genre so beloved by scholars of his day. † In Volume One, Al-Shirbini describes the three... more...

  • Negotiating the Modernby Amit Ray

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 48.95

    This book explicates long-standing literary celebrations of 'India' and 'Indian-ness' by charting a cultural history of Indianness in the Anglophone world, locating moments (in intellectual, religious and cultural history) where India and Indianness are offered up as solutions to modern moral, ethical and political questions in the 'West.' Beginning... more...

  • The Sword of Ambitionby Luke Yarbrough; Uthman b. Ibrahim al-Nabulusi; Sherman 'Abd al-Hakim Jackson

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 40.00

    The Sword of Ambition belongs to a genre of religious polemic written for the rulers of Egypt and Syria between the twelfth and the fourteenth centuries. Unlike most medieval Muslim polemic, the concerns of this genre were more social and political than theological. Leaving no rhetorical stone unturned, the book?s author, an unemployed Egyptian... more...

  • Women Write Iranby Nima Naghibi

    University of Minnesota Press 2016; Not Available

    Women Write Iran is the first full-length study on life narratives by Iranian women in the diaspora. Nima Naghibi investigates auto/biographical narratives across genres?including memoirs, documentary films, prison testimonials, and graphic novels?and finds that they are tied together by the experience of the 1979 Iranian revolution as a traumatic... more...

  • Qur'an and the Lyric Imperativeby Richard Serrano

    Lexington Books 2016; US$ 94.99

    This book examines the complex and dynamic relationship between the Qur??n and Arabic poetry. Its four case studies focus on anomalies and contradictions within the Qur??no-Arabic literary tradition in order to demonstrate how the tension between the Qur??n and poetry generates meaning. more...

  • In the Shadow of World Literatureby Michael Allan

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 35.00 US$ 28.00

    We have grown accustomed to understanding world literature as a collection of national or linguistic traditions bound together in the universality of storytelling. Michael Allan challenges this way of thinking and argues instead that the disciplinary framework of world literature, far from serving as the neutral meeting ground of national literary... 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...

  • After the American Centuryby Brian T. Edwards

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    When Henry Luce announced in 1941 that we were living in an American century,? he believed the international popularity of American culture made a world favorable to U.S. interests. For decades, his claim seemed to hold. Now, in the digital twenty-first century, the American century? has been superseded, as American movies, music, video games, and... more...

  • Souffles-Anfasby Olivia Harrison; Teresa Villa-Ignacio

    Stanford University Press 2015; US$ 21.95

    Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics introduces and makes available, for the first time in English, an incandescent corpus of experimental leftist writing from North Africa. Founded in 1966 by Abdellatif La‚bi and a small group of avant-garde Moroccan poets and artists and banned in 1972, Souffles-Anfas... more...