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Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures


About the Series

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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Nationalism, Islam and World Literature Sites of Confluence in the Writings of Mahmud Al-Mas’adi

Nationalism, Islam and World Literature: Sites of Confluence in the Writings of Mahmud Al-Mas’adi

1st Edition

By Mohamed-Salah Omri
August 20, 2010

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 ...

Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation

Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation

1st Edition

By Christopher Stone
August 20, 2010

Based on an award-winning thesis, this volume is a pioneering study of musical theatre and popular culture and its relation to the production of identity in Lebanon in the second half of the twentieth century. In the aftermath of the departure of the French from Lebanon and the civil ...

The Oral and the Written in Early Islam

The Oral and the Written in Early Islam

1st Edition

By Gregor Schoeler, Uwe Vagelpohl, James E. Montgomery
August 20, 2010

Made up of a number of seminal articles that are translated for the first time in English, this prestigious book from Gregor Schoeler gives a reasoned, informed and comprehensive overflow of how the written and the spoken interacted, diverged and received cultural articulation among the Muslim ...

The Thousand and One Nights Space, Travel and Transformation

The Thousand and One Nights: Space, Travel and Transformation

1st Edition

By Richard van Leeuwen
August 20, 2010

This volume discusses The Thousand and One Nights' themes of space and travel showing how they are used not only as a setting in which the story unfolds, but also as the dynamic force which propels the heroes and the story to the final dénouement. These events often symbolize a process of ...

Writing and Representation in Medieval Islam Muslim Horizons

Writing and Representation in Medieval Islam: Muslim Horizons

1st Edition

Edited By Julia Bray
August 20, 2010

With contributions from specialists in different areas of classical Islamic thought, this accessible volume explores the ways in which medieval Muslims saw, interpreted and represented the world around them in their writings. Focusing mainly on the eighth to tenth centuries AD, known as the ‘...

Contemporary Arab Fiction Innovation from Rama to Yalu

Contemporary Arab Fiction: Innovation from Rama to Yalu

1st Edition

By Fabio Caiani
August 10, 2010

This book introduces Western readers to some of the most significant novels written in Arabic since 1979. Despite their contribution to the development of contemporary Arabic fiction, these authors remain largely unknown to non-Arab readers. Fabio Caiani examines the work of the Moroccan Muhammad ...

Islamic Culture Through Jewish Eyes Al-Andalus from the Tenth to Twelfth Century

Islamic Culture Through Jewish Eyes: Al-Andalus from the Tenth to Twelfth Century

1st Edition

By Esperanza Alfonso
August 10, 2010

Islamic Culture Through Jewish Eyes analyzes the attitude towards Muslims, Islam, and Islamic culture as presented in sources written by Jewish authors in the Iberian Peninsula between the tenth and the twelfth centuries. By bringing the Jewish attitude towards the "other" into sharper ...

Arab Culture and the Novel Genre, Identity and Agency in Egyptian Fiction

Arab Culture and the Novel: Genre, Identity and Agency in Egyptian Fiction

1st Edition

By Muhammad Siddiq
August 09, 2010

This book explores the complex relationship between the novel and identity in modern Arab culture against a backdrop of contemporary Egypt. It uses the example of the Egyptian novel to interrogate the root causes – religious, social, political, and psychological – of the lingering ...

Arabic Poetry Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition

Arabic Poetry: Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition

1st Edition

By Muhsin J. al-Musawi
August 09, 2010

Since the late 1940s, Arabic poetry has spoken for an Arab conscience, as much as it has debated positions and ideologies, nationally and worldwide. This book tackles issues of modernity and tradition in Arabic poetry as manifested in poetic texts and criticism by poets as participants in ...

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