Nationalism, Islam and World Literature: Sites of Confluence in the Writings of Mahmud Al-Mas’adi, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Nationalism, Islam and World Literature

Sites of Confluence in the Writings of Mahmud Al-Mas’adi, 1st Edition

By Mohamed-Salah Omri


194 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The writer and politician Mahmud al-Mis’adi is a figure of prime importance in the development of North African literature and cultural politics since the last war. This fascinating book covers both his essays and fiction, written between the 1930s and 1990s, which challenge the boundaries between the sacred and irreligious in the Islamic world. In addition, it also examines Arabic literature and its relationship to the West.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Colonial Predicament and the Burden of Representation 2. The Allure of Tur’th 3. The Appeal of the Sublime: Tragedy and the Qur’an 4. The Call of the Beyond: Sufism as Poetics and Worldview. Conclusion

About the Author

Mohamed-Saleh Omri is director of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies and lecturer in Arabic language and literature at the Institute of Arab and Islamic studies, University of Exeter.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

Routledge Curzon Studies in Middle-Eastern Literatures is a monograph series devoted to aspects of the literatures of the Near and Middle East and North Africa both modern and pre-modern. It is hoped that the provision of such a forum will lead to a greater emphasis on the comparative study of the literatures of this area, although studies devoted to one literary or linguistic region are warmly encouraged. It is the editors' objective to foster the comparative and multi-disciplinary investigation of the written and oral literary products of this area.

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Subject Categories

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