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
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.