Contemporary Arab Fiction: Innovation from Rama to Yalu by Fabio Caiani

By Fabio Caiani

This e-book introduces Western readers to a couple of the main major novels written in Arabic considering 1979. regardless of their contribution to the advance of up to date Arabic fiction, those authors stay principally unknown to non-Arab readers.

Fabio Caiani examines the paintings of the Moroccan Muhammad Barrada; the Egyptian Idwar al-Kharrat; the Lebanese Ilyas Khuri and the Iraqi Fu’ad al-Takarli. Their most vital novels have been released among 1979 and 2002, a interval within which their paintings reached literary adulthood. all of them characterize pioneering literary developments in comparison to the novelistic shape canonized within the influential early works of Naguib Mahfouz. before, a few of their so much cutting edge works haven't been analyzed intimately – this e-book fills that hole.

Relying on literary concept and bearing on comparative examples from different literatures, this learn locations its findings inside of a much broader framework, defining what's intended by way of innovation within the Arabic novel, and the actual socio-political context during which it sounds as if. This booklet will considerably improve the present serious literature in English at the modern Arabic novel.

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The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature, Vol. 6: Arabic by Professor Roger Allen, D. S. Richards

By Professor Roger Allen, D. S. Richards

The ultimate quantity of the sequence explores the Arabic literary historical past of the little-known interval from the 12th to the start of the 19th century. although it used to be in this time that the well-known Thousand and One Nights, was once composed, little or no has been written at the literature of the interval quite often and Roger Allen and Donald Richards collect the most exotic students within the box. the quantity is split into components with the traditions of poetry and prose coated individually inside either their 'elite' and 'popular' contexts. The final sections are dedicated to drama and the indigenous culture of literary feedback.

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Ottomans Looking West?: The Origins of the Tulip Age and its by Can Erimtan

By Can Erimtan

The "Tulip Age", an idea that defined the start of the Ottoman Empire's westward inclination within the eighteenth century, used to be an concept proposed via Ottoman historian Ahmed Refik in 1912. within the first reassessment of the origins of this idea, Can Erimtan argues the "Tulip Age" used to be a big template for varied political and ideological issues of early 20th century Turkish governments. the concept that is such a lot reflective of the Thirties Republican leadership's try to disengage Turkey's inhabitants from its Islamic tradition and earlier, stressing the virtues of growth, modernity and secularism. It used to be in simple terms the loss of life of Atat??rk in 1938 that triggered a hesitant revival of Islam in Turkey's public lifestyles and a state-sponsored re-invigoration of study into Turkey's Ottoman earlier. during this interesting reassessment Erimtan indicates us that the trope of the "Tulip Age" corresponds extra to Turkish society's wish to re-orientate itself to the Occident in the course of the 20th century instead of to early eighteenth-century Ottoman realities.

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The Priest and the Great King: Temple-Palace Relations in by Lisbeth S. Fried

By Lisbeth S. Fried

Lisbeth S. Fried's insightful research investigates the impression of Achaemenid rule at the political energy of neighborhood priesthoods in the course of the 6th-4th centuries B.C.E. students ordinarily imagine that, so long as tribute was once despatched to Susa, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, topic peoples remained self reliant. Fried's paintings demanding situations this assumption. She examines the inscriptions, cash, temple records, and literary texts from Babylon, Egypt, Asia Minor, and Judah and concludes that there has been no neighborhood autonomy. the one individuals with energy within the Empire have been Persians and their appointees, and this was once precise for Judah besides. The Judean priesthood completed its longed-for independence simply a lot later, below the Maccabees.

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Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East by Asef Bayat

By Asef Bayat

Within the renowned mind's eye, the Muslim heart East is frozen in its personal traditions and history—a land of mosques and minarets, veiled girls, despotic regimes, and wasteland sand. yet this assumption fails to acknowledge that social and political switch is available in many guises. during this eye-opening ebook, Asef Bayat finds how less than the shadow of the authoritarian rule, non secular ethical professionals, and financial elites, traditional humans could make significant swap during the practices of daily life.Though now not as seen at the world-stage as a mass protest or a full-scale revolution, thousands of individuals around the center East are getting to know or developing new social areas in which to make their claims heard. the road seller who units up his enterprise usually sq., squatters who take over public parks, Muslim early life who widespread public hangouts in blue denims, and protestors who march within the streets, terrible housewives who cling their wash within the alleyways, and informed girls who pursue careers doing "men's work"—all those humans problem the state's keep watch over and implicity query the tested public order via their day-by-day actions. although now not coordinated of their actions, those "non-movements" provide a political reaction, now not of protest yet of perform and direct day-by-day action.Offering a window into the advanced social approaches in a too-often misunderstood a part of the area, this exact publication presents a much-needed heart japanese standpoint on worldwide debates over the which means of social hobbies and the dynamics of social switch.

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Orientalism by A.L. Macfie

By A.L. Macfie

A hugely topical reprise of the serious debate approximately western photographs and stereotypes of the Arab international and Islam. offers crucial historical past to realizing this a part of the area. bargains a quick historical past of the talk concerning orientalism, as outlined through stated and others. Summarises and reviews on a couple of major texts. information a couple of case reports that have been encouraged by means of the talk. offers an invaluable chronology. should be vital briefing record for somebody commentating on or speaking with the East - reporters, overseas workplace officers, diplomats etc.In the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies a strong attack was once introduced on orientalism - the research of the Orient. on the heart of this assault used to be Edward acknowledged, whose devastating critique accused Western orientalists of making stereotypical pictures of the East, thereby facilitating imperialism and colonialism and inciting chauvinism and racism. the talk ranged some distance past the conventional limits of 'dry-as-dust' orientalism, concerning questions in regards to the nature of id, the character of imperialism, Islamophobia, fable, Arabism, racialism, intercultural relatives and feminism. Charting the background of the energetic debate concerning the nature of orientalism, this well timed account revisits the arguments and surveys the case stories encouraged by means of that discuss. It summarizes and reviews on a couple of major texts, information a couple of case reports which were encouraged by means of the talk, and offers an invaluable chronology. A.L. Macfie has written extensively concerning the sleek historical past of the close to and center East. His books contain The japanese query, Longman (1996) and the top of the Ottoman Empire, Longman (1998).

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