A Matter of Fate: The Concept of Fate in the Arab World as Reflected in Modern Arabic Literature / Edition 1

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Overview

Dalya Cohen-Mor examines the evolution of the concept of fate in the Arab world through readings of religious texts, poetry, fiction, and folklore. She contends that belief in fate has retained its vitality and continues to play a pivotal role in the Arabs' outlook on life and their social psychology. Interwoven with the chapters are 16 modern short stories that further illuminate this fascinating topic.

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"[A]n engaging and well-written overview of modern Arabic literature."—Arab Studies Journal

"[A] stimulating and well-written book...Cohen-Mor is widely read in Arabic literature and approaches her subject with great sympathy and respect. A very important book for all Middle Eastern collections, academic and public."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195133981
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Table of Contents

Key to the Transliteration
List of Translated Stories
Introduction
1 God's Will: The Principle of the Prime Mover 3
2 The Wheel of Time: The Agent of Corrosion 47
3 Character: The Prison of Life 79
4 Custom: The Yoke of Tradition 105
5 Gender: The Female Experience 131
6 Class and Capital: The Trap of Poverty and Tyranny 159
7 Chance: The Random Arbiter 189
8 To Wish or Not to Wish? The Double-Edged Sword 219
9 Conclusion 239
Notes 259
Glossary 285
Select Bibliography 287
Permissions 307
Index 309
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