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Arab Culture and the Novel
Genre, Identity and Agency in Egyptian Fiction





ISBN 9780415597432
Published August 9, 2010 by Routledge
254 Pages

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This book explores the complex relationship between the novel and identity in modern Arab culture against a backdrop of contemporary Egypt. It uses the example of the Egyptian novel to interrogate the root causes – religious, social, political, and psychological – of the lingering identity crisis that has afflicted Arab culture for at least two centuries.

Table of Contents

1. A Genre at War: Literary Form and Historical Agency  2. Tangents of Identity: The Poetics of Space in the Egyptian Novel  3. Divining Identities: Religion and the Egyptian Novel  4. Questionable Subjects: Individuality, Representation, and the Novel

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Biography

Muhammad Siddiq is Associate Professor at the Department for Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA.