Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature

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The Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature is an authoritative reference source on the most important authors, works, genres, key terms, concepts and issues in the Arabic literary tradition. The Encyclopedia covers the classical (pre-Islamic to 1258), transitional (1258-1798) and modern periods within a single work. In over 1300 separately-authored entries, many of the world's experts combine current research with traditional study to provide authoritative analysis and commentary on a wide range of areas. These ...
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Overview

The Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature is an authoritative reference source on the most important authors, works, genres, key terms, concepts and issues in the Arabic literary tradition. The Encyclopedia covers the classical (pre-Islamic to 1258), transitional (1258-1798) and modern periods within a single work. In over 1300 separately-authored entries, many of the world's experts combine current research with traditional study to provide authoritative analysis and commentary on a wide range of areas. These include major authors, important works, and a variety of literary terms. Also covered are forms such as poetry, drama and newspaper writing and key critical concepts of Arabic literature.
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A unique and useful reference for the scholar or student rather than the casual browser, this encyclopedia contains generally brief biographical articles on writers in Arabic as well as longer ones on literary genres, prosody, writing techniques, and related topics such as censorship and literary patronage. A brief bibliography of primary sources and secondary material follows each article. The encyclopedia has a wide scope, covering Arabic writing (and the oral tradition, too) from ancient and pre-Islamic times to the present and including not only Muslim writers but Christians, Jews, and others who made significant contributions to Arabic literature. Meisami (Persian, Oxford) specializes in medieval Arabic and Persian poetry, while Starkey (Arabic, Univ. of Durham) specializes in modern Egyptian prose literature; the 100 or so contributors include many native Arabic speakers. This two-volume set is perhaps priced out of the reach of smaller libraries but will make an excellent addition to academic or public collections specializing in things Arab or in world literature.--James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415068086
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 4.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Scott Meisami studied Arabic, Persian and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. From 1971 to 1980 she lived and taught in Tehran, Iran, and from 1980 to 1985 at Berkeley. Since July 1985 she has been Lecturer in Persian at the University of Oxford. Her research centres on medieval Arabic and Persian poetry and poetics and historiography. She is co-editor of EdebiyĆ¢t^: The Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures.
Paul Starkey worked as Librarian in the Middle Eastern section at the University of Durham before becoming Lecturer in Arabic there in 1989. His main research interest is in modern Egyptian prose literature; his study of Tawfiq al-Hakim entitled From the Ivory Tower was published in 1988, and he is currently working on a study of the contemporary Egyptian novel. He is a former editor of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.
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Table of Contents

al-Aqqad, Abbas Mahmud * Al-Hilal * Idris, Suhayl * Medieval autobiography * Mirrors for Princes * Mukhannathun * Nabati poetry * Poetic Contests * Qasida * al-Samman, Ghada * Satire * Tuqan, Fadwa * Yemen * Ziyada, Mayy
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