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Arabic Literature

An Overview, 1st Edition

By Pierre Cachia


208 pages

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Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, Arabic Literature - An Overview gives a rounded and balanced view of Arab literary creativity. 'High' literature is examined alongside popular folk literature, and the classical and modern periods, usually treated separately, are presented together. Cachia's observations are not subordinated to any pre-formed literary theory, but describe and illustrate the directions taken, in order to present an overall picture of the field of relevance to the student of literature as well as to Arabists working in related fields.


'Cachia does indeed possess a consistent and persuasive overview of the subject … he is learned and lively and his enthusiasms are infectious.' - Middle Eastern Studies

Table of Contents

Preface The Transcription of Arabic 1. The Root 2. The Stem 3. The Bifurcation 4. The Main Growth 5. The Iberian Branch 6. The Stunting 7. The Grafting Bibliography Index

About the Author

Pierre Cachia was born in Egypt in 1921, of a Maltese father and a Russian mother. After war service with the 8th Army, he taught at the American University of Cairo (1946-48), at the University of Edinburgh (1950-76), and at Columbia University (1975-91). He has written widely on Arabic literature.

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 / Regional Studies