Arabic Literary Thresholds: Sites of Rhetorical Turn in Contemporary Scholarship

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Muḥsin J┼asim M┼usaw┼i, Muḥsin Jāsim Mūsawī
BRILL, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 339 pages
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This volume, dedicated to Jaroslav Stetkevych, includes a number of original contributions that signify a rhetorical shift in the social sciences and Arabic studies. The articles and essays deal with Orientalism, classical Arabic tradition, Andalusian poetry, Francophone literature, translation, architecture and poetry, comparative studies, and Sufism. Literary production is studied in its own terms to situate these literary concerns in the mainstream of cultural studies. The outcome is a solid and highly sophisticated scholarship that makes this book one of the most needed among scholars and students of comparative literature, Arabic poetics and politics, Orientalism, Afro-Asian studies, East/West encounters and translation.
 

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Contents

The Formation of Readership
17
AlSharīf alRadī and the Poetics of ʿAlid Legitimacy Elegy
53
Early IslamMonotheism or Henotheism? A View from
85
Ibn Quzmāns Zajal 88
111
AlNābulusīs Encounters with a Poem
143
Two Nasībs by
207
ʿAbd alWahhāb alBayātī
273
On Ahlām
311
Jaroslav Stetkevych
331
Index
337
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Muhsin J. al-Musawi is professor of Arabic and comparative studies at Columbia University, New York. He is the Executive Editor of "Journal of Arabic Literature," and has taught in a number of Universities, including the American University of Sharjah, the University of Manouba in Tunis, and Baghdad University. His publications in Arabic and English are numerous, including "The Postcolonial Arabic Novel. Debating Ambivalence" (Brill, 2003).

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