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.
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
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.
'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