Essays in Arabic Literary Biography: 1850-1950

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Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 395 pages
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Essays in Arabic Literacy Biography Vol. 3 (1850-1950) is the third and last in a series of works that select 40 authors from a particular time period in Arabic literary history and invite leading experts to contribute biographical essays on them. In the case of this final volume, the period involved is that between the purported earlier phases in the emergence of a movement of cultural revival in the 19th century and the Arabic-speaking world's achievement of independence in the wake of the conclusion of the Second World War.

The essays, which discuss authors in a variety of literary genres and across the spectrum of the region concerned-from Iraq in the East to Tunisia in the West-provide clear evidence of the gradually changing roles of the indigenous and the imported which are an intrinsic feature of the movement known in Arabic as al-bahada (cultural revival) and the way in which Arab litterateurs chose to respond to the inspiration that such changes inevitably engendered.

Each essay is complete in and of itself, listing the authors' complete works (and translations of them), and tracing the different phases of his or her life through an analysis of the principal works involved. The essays conclude with a selected bibliography of reference works.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Christopher Stone
23
Paul Starkey
37
Muhsin alMusawi
44
Ibrahim Taha
51
Ibrahim Taha
71
Salma Khadra Jayyusi
86
Tawffq alHakTm
100
Mahmud Taymur
194
MohamedSalah Omri
207
Terri DeYoung
226
Philip Sadgrove
244
Philip Sadgrove
265
Dina Am
284
Irfan Shahid
304
Walid Hamarneh
317

Miriam Cooke
113
Roger Allen
137
Walid Hamarneh
160
Muhammad MahdT alJawahirT
166
Sabry Hafez
191
Terri DeYoung
334
Marilyn Booth
366
Walid Hamarneh
382
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About the author (2010)

ROGER ALLEN is professor of Arabic language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his translations are Naguib Mahfouz's Mirrors (AUC Press, 1999) and Bensalem Himmich's The Polymath (AUC Press, 2000).

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