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Arab Representations of the Occident

East-West Encounters in Arabic Fiction, 1st Edition

By Rasheed El-Enany


262 pages

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This is one of the first books in English to explore Arab responses to Western culture and values in modern Arab literature. Through in-depth research El-Enany examines the attitudes as expressed mainly through works of fiction written by Arab authors during the twentieth, and, to a lesser extent, nineteenth century. It constitutes an original addition to the age-old East-West debate, and is particularly relevant to the current discussion on Islam and the West.

Alongside raising highly topical questions about stereotypical ideas concerning Arabs and Muslims in general, the book explores representations of the West by the foremost Arab intellectuals over a two-century period, up to the present day, and will appeal to those with an interest in Islam, the Middle East, nationalism and the so-called ‘Clash of Civilizations’.


'Arab representations of the Occident provides a useful and valuable guide to an important category of works and should open the way for much future research' - Yaseen Norrani, University of Arizona, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 2008

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Pre-Colonial Period: Enchanted Encounters 3. The Colonial Period: Encounters under Duress 4. The Postcolonial Period (1): Proud Encounters 5. The Postcolonial Period (2): Humbled Encounters 6. The Encounter with America 7. The Encounter through Female Eyes 8. Concluding Remarks

About the Series

Culture and Civilization in the Middle East

This series studies the Middle East through the twin foci of its diverse cultures and civilizations. Comprising original monographs as well as scholarly surveys, it covers topics in the fields of Middle Eastern literature, archaeology, law, history, philosophy, science, folklore, art, architecture and language. While there is a plurality of views, the series presents serious scholarship in a lucid and stimulating fashion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies