Anthology of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought from Pre-Islamic Times to the Present / Edition 1

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This book—the first comprehensive reader of Arabic literature from pre-Islamic times to the present—is an essential work for advanced students of the Arabic language. Presenting seventy works by seventy authors, it includes:

• pre-Islamic poetry and prose;
• selections from the Qur’an;
• the Prophet Muhammad’s last sermon;
• the powerful writing of Ali Ibn Abi Talib, the fourth Islamic Caliph;
• writings from the “Golden Age of the Arabs” (750-1258 A.D.) in philosophy, mysticism, prose, and poetry;
• works from the neoclassical, modernist, and metaphorical schools;
• literature of the Arabs in Andalus, Spain;
• discussions of cultural, literary, critical, and political movements of the present day;
• vocabulary lists, a list of idioms and notes, a set of questions about the text, and two glossaries.

This book not only introduces students to the entire sweep of Arabic intellectual, political, and cultural thought but also gives examples of how this thought is expressed, offering important insight into the Arab mind.

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Editorial Reviews

"This comprehensive reader of Arabic literature is a carefully thought out and well-organized collection of the best of Arabic writing, the first of its kind created with the student in mind and will deliver an in-depth understanding of Arabic writings from the earliest days until the present. . . . This text should serve the educator of Arabic and its literature well by offering a basic knowledge of Arabic literature, a unique accomplishment which should not go unappreciated by students. . . . A wonderful resource which greatly facilitates assigning readings in Arabic literature. This anthology is a welcome addition to the Arabic curriculum and is long overdue.”—NECTFL Review
From the Publisher
"With its comprehensive coverage of the intellectual and literary Arab-Islamic heritage, this book will be very useful in advanced Arabic classes."—Mahdi Alosh, Ohio State University

"An excellent survey of the Arabic literary tradition, covering poetry, religious texts, grammar and linguistics, literary criticism, belles lettres, religious thought and philosophy, novels, and drama."—Jamal Ali, University of Pennsylvania

Jamal Ali
"An excellent survey of the Arabic literary tradition, covering poetry, religious texts, grammar and linguistics, literary criticism, belles lettres, religious thought and philosophy, novels, and drama."—Jamal Ali, Hunter College, CUNY
Mahdi Alosh
"With its comprehensive coverage of the intellectual and literary Arab-Islamic heritage, this book will be very useful in advanced Arabic classes."—Mahdi Alosh, Ohio State University

Roger Allen
"This exciting and useful reader fills a gap that exists in the availability of textual materials in Arabic at a level beyond that of the first two or three years of instruction."—Roger Allen, University of Pennsylvania
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300104936
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Series: Yale Language Series
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 1,246,341
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bassam K. Frangieh is professor of Arabic at Claremont-McKenna College.

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Table of Contents

1 Arabian love poems 2
2 To my mother and other poems 10
3 Sadness in the moonlight 16
4 Song of rain 23
5 The gypsy symphony 32
6 Men in the sun 38
7 The epidemics 44
8 Sun on a cloudy day 50
9 The guard of the lost city 56
10 Alive in the dead sea 64
11 Children of our quarter 70
12 An evening party for June the 5[superscript th] 80
13 The grave digger 90
14 Moments of death 96
15 On Brooklyn Bridge 103
16 Directions of modern Arabic poetry 109
17 The Arabic novel 115
18 Contemporary Arab poetry 123
19 Three faces of Ghalib Halasah 128
20 On pre-Islamic literature 135
21 Human rights in Arab thought 141
22 A woman at point zero 147
23 Who hit 'A'isha? 154
24 Formless world 163
25 From local award to nobel prize 168
26 Ghassan Kanafani to Ghada Samman 177
27 Mahmoud Darwish to Samih al-Qasim 182
28 Samih al-Qasim to Mahmoud Darwish 190
29 Critique of religious thought 197
30 Cultural critique of Arab society 202
31 The shock of modernity 209
32 Our need for renewal 219
33 The nature of despotism 226
34 Americanized Islam 231
35 Nationalization of the Suez Canal 238
36 Resistance, victory, and liberation 245
37 Al-Muqaddimah 255
38 The satanic routes 263
39 May the rain be bountiful to you 270
40 Dove's necklace 275
41 The Arabian nights : Alf Laylah wa Laylah 284
42 Tribal and national heroes : biography of 'Antarah Ibn Shaddad 293
43 Gems of wisdom 303
44 Mystic paths 310
45 Al-Tawasin 315
46 Incoherence of the incoherence 323
47 The human soul 332
48 Maqama of Sana'a 340
49 Maqama on composing poetry 345
50 Evidence of inimitability in the Qur'an 352
51 Criticism of poetry 359
52 Oh, what burning of the heart 368
53 Conquest of Amorium 373
54 Tavern of the city 377
55 The epistle of forgiveness 380
56 On inclination 388
57 Kitab al-'Ayn 394
58 The unique necklace 401
59 The book of songs 408
60 Elucidation and exposition 418
61 Kalila wa Dimna 423
62 Al-Kitab 430
63 Layla's mad lover 437
64 Biography of the Prophet Muhammad 442
65 Nahj al-Balaghah 449
66 Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad 456
67 Prophet Muhammad's last sermon in 632 A.D. 465
68 Surat Maryam 471
69 Pre-Islamic Prose : selected texts 476
70 Al-Mu'allaqa 482
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2004

    hatha kabir!

    Professor Frangieh's anthology provides a much-needed book for advanced Arabic courses. I currently use the book as a student in the advanced Arabic course at Yale University. The texts that Professor Frangieh has selected expose the student to a wide range of Arabic literature and thought, necessary both for any basic understanding and further study of the language and the Middle East. This book brings Professor Frangieh's skill and passion for teaching Arabic, and his desire to give his students a deep comprehensive knowledge of the Middle East to the general reader. In addition to providing exposure to spoken Arabic poetry, the beautiful readings by Professor Frangieh himself on the audio CD are essential for any student in allowing practice of pronunciation by reference to a native speaker. As a former student in Professor Frangieh's introductory Arabic course, and as someone who has lived in the Middle East in no small part thanks to the preparation his class provided, I can assure you that this book is invaluable for students of the Arabic language.

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