Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel

This book will present close readings of three contemporary Arabic novelists - an Egyptian (Gamal Al-Ghitany), an Algerian (Taher Ouettar) and a Touareg Libyan (Ibrahim Al-Koni) - who have all turned to Sufism as a literary strategy aimed ...

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Author: Ziad Elmarsafy

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748655663

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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This book will present close readings of three contemporary Arabic novelists - an Egyptian (Gamal Al-Ghitany), an Algerian (Taher Ouettar) and a Touareg Libyan (Ibrahim Al-Koni) - who have all turned to Sufism as a literary strategy aimed at negotiating i

Contemporary Thought in the Muslim World

Dabashi, Persophilia, 208. Ernst, The Shambala Guide to Sufism, 218. Rasheed El-Enany, 'Series Editor's Foreword' in Sufism in the Contemporary Arab Novel, ed. Ziad Elmarsafy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012), ix.

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Author: Carool Kersten

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135008925

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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This book presents an intellectual history of today’s Muslim world, surveying contemporary Muslim thinking in its various manifestations, addressing a variety of themes that impact on the lives of present-day Muslims. Focusing on the period from roughly the late 1960s to the first decade of the twenty-first century, the book is global in its approach and offers an overview of different strands of thought and trends in the development of new ideas, distinguishing between traditional, reactionary, and progressive approaches. It presents a variety of themes and issues including: The continuing relevance of the legacy of traditional Islamic learning as well as the use of reason; the centrality of the Qur’an; the spiritual concerns of contemporary Muslims; political thought regarding secularity, statehood, and governance; legal and ethical debates; related current issues like human rights, gender equality, and religious plurality; as well as globalization, ecology and the environment, bioethics, and life sciences. An alternative account of Islam and the Muslim world today, counterbalancing narratives that emphasise politics and confrontations with the West, this book is an essential resource for students and scholars of Islam.

Islam on the Street

The book explores some of the most important Arabic and Islamic poetry, prose, and fiction from the twentieth century and discusses what secular intellectuals can do to reconnect with the masses.

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Author: Muḥsin Jāsim Mūsawī

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742562069

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 249

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The book explores some of the most important Arabic and Islamic poetry, prose, and fiction from the twentieth century and discusses what secular intellectuals can do to reconnect with the masses.

Religion in the Egyptian Novel

This is an in-depth, original survey of religion in the modern Arabic novel.

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Author: Christina Phillips

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474417075

Category: History

Page: 296

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This is an in-depth, original survey of religion in the modern Arabic novel. Tracing the relationship from the genesis of the form in the early 20th century to present, Phillips provides a thematic exploration of the push and pull between religion and secularism as it played out on the pages of the Egyptian novel. Through close readings of representative texts, the book reveals the manifold ways in which Islam, Christianity, Sufism, myth, ritual and intertext have engaged in modern Arabic literature and culture more broadly.

Religion Mysticism and Modern Arabic Literature

The book investigates this phenomenon mainly with regard to the creative poetic process and the use of literary masks.

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Author: Reuven Snir

Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag

ISBN: 3447053259

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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One of the significant phenomena in modern Arabic literature since the 1960s has been the use of mystical concepts, figures and motifs for the expression of contemporary experiences, philosophies and ideologies. The book investigates this phenomenon mainly with regard to the creative poetic process and the use of literary masks. It also deals with the complicated relationship between Arabic literature and Islam as well as with the literary activities by religious traditional circles. In a welter of publications committed Muslim authors try to prove that there is no inherent contradiction between art and Islam, and at the same time to lay the theoretical foundations for an "Islamist" poetics encompassing the various branches of literary production. Within the secular canonical circles, however, these activities and texts are considered extremely marginal and none of the authors concerned has gained any canonical status. The growing number of cases, in which attempts at censorship on religious and moral grounds have been challenged, prove also that Arabic literature has become more and more secular.

Autobiographical Identities in Contemporary Arab Culture

Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature Series Editor: Rasheed El-Enany Writing Beirut: Mappings of the City in the ... in the Modern Arabic Novel Ayman A. El-Desouky Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel Ziad Elmarsafy Gender, ...

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Author: Valerie Anishchenkova

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748643417

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Over the last 40 years, autobiography in Arab societies has moved away from exemplary life narratives and toward more unorthodox techniques such as erotic memoir writing, postmodernist self-fragmentation, cinematographic self-projection and blogging. Valerie Anishchenkova argues that the Arabic autobiographical genre has evolved into a mobile, unrestricted category arming authors with narrative tools to articulate their selfhood. Reading works from Arab nations such as Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Syria and Lebanon, Anishchenkova connects the century's rapid political and ideological developments to increasing autobiographical experimentation in Arabic works. The immense scope of her study also forces consideration of film and online forms of self-representation and offers a novel theoretical framework to these various modes of autobiographical cultural production.

Religion in the Egyptian Novel

This is an in-depth, original survey of religion in the modern Arabic novel.

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Author: Phillips Christina Phillips

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474417082

Category:

Page: 296

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This is an in-depth, original survey of religion in the modern Arabic novel. Tracing the relationship from the genesis of the form in the early 20th century to present, Phillips provides a thematic exploration of the push and pull between religion and secularism as it played out on the pages of the Egyptian novel. Through close readings of representative texts, the book reveals the manifold ways in which Islam, Christianity, Sufism, myth, ritual and intertext have engaged in modern Arabic literature and culture more broadly.

Esoteric Islam in Modern French Thought

How are these aspects 'good to think with'? What are the theoretical and intellectual problems to which they provide solutions? These are the questions at the heart of Esoteric Islam in Modern French Thought.

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Author: Ziad Elmarsafy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781780936949

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Why would a devout Catholic, a committed Protestant, and a Maoist atheist devote their lives and work to the study of esoteric aspects of Islam? How are these aspects 'good to think with'? What are the theoretical and intellectual problems to which they provide solutions? These are the questions at the heart of Esoteric Islam in Modern French Thought. The three French specialists of Islam described above form an intellectual and personal genealogy that structures the core of the text: Massignon taught Corbin, who taught Jambet in his turn. Each of them found in the esoteric a solution to otherwise insurmountable problems: desire for Massignon, certainty for Corbin, and resurrection/immortality for Jambet. Over the course of three long chapters focused on the life and work of each writer, the book maps the central place of esoteric Islam in the intellectual life of twentieth and twenty-first century France.

Gender Nation and the Arabic Novel

Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature Series Editor: Rasheed El-Enany Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel: Egypt, 1892–2008 Hoda Elsadda Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel Ziad Elmarsafy Post-War Anglophone Lebanese ...

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Author: Hoda Elsadda

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748669189

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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A nuanced understanding of literary imaginings of masculinity and femininity in the Egytian novel. Gender studies in Arabic literature have become equated with women's writing, leaving aside the possibility of a radical rethinking of the Arabic literary canon and Arab cultural history. While the 'woman question' in the Arabic novel has received considerable attention, the 'male question' has gone largely unnoticed. Now, Hoda Elsadda bucks that trend. Foregrounding voices that have been marginalised alongside canonical works, she engages with new directions in the novel tradition.

Space in Modern Egyptian Fiction

Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature Series Editor: Rasheed El-Enany Writing Beirut: Mappings of the City in ... The Iraqi Novel: Key Writers, Key Texts Fabio Caiani and Catherine Cobham Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel ...

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Author: Yasmine Ramadan

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474427661

Category: History

Page: 248

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In 1960s Egypt a group of writers exploded onto the literary scene, transforming the aesthetic landscape. Space in Modern Egyptian Fiction explores how this literary generation presents a marked shift in the representation of rural, urban and exilic space, reflecting a disappointment with the project of the postcolonial nation-state in Egypt. Combining a sociological approach to literature with detailed close readings, Yasmine Ramadan explores the spatial representations that embodied this shift within the Egyptian literary scene and the disappearance of an idealized nation in the Egyptian novel. This study provides a robust examination of the emergence and establishment of some of the most significant writers in modern Egyptian literature, and their influence across six decades, while also tracing the social, economic, political and aesthetic changes that marked this period in Egypt's contemporary history.

Conspiracy in Modern Egyptian Literature

Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature Series Editor: Rasheed El-Enany Writing Beirut: Mappings of the City in ... The Iraqi Novel: Key Writers, Key Texts Fabio Caiani and Catherine Cobham Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel ...

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Author: Benjamin Koerber

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474417457

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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This book examines the diverse uses of conspiracy theory in Egyptian fiction since the early twentieth century. Read against the historical and intertextual backgrounds of individual authors and their works, conspiracy theory emerges not as a single, rigid ideology, but as a style of writing that is equal parts literary and political.

Libyan Novel

Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature Series Editor: Rasheed El-Enany Writing Beirut: Mappings of the City in ... The Iraqi Novel: Key Writers, Key Texts Fabio Caiani and Catherine Cobham Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel ...

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Author: Charis Olszok

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474457477

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Analysing prominent novelists such as Ibrahim al-Kuni and Hisham Matar, alongside lesser-known and emerging voices, this book introduces the themes and genres of the Libyan novel during the al-Qadhafi era. Exploring latent political protest and environmental lament in the writing of novelists in exile and in the Jamahiriyya, Charis Olszok focuses on the prominence of encounters between humans, animals and the land, the poetics of vulnerability that emerge from them, and the vision of humans as creatures (makhluqat) in which they are framed.

Modern Arabic Literature

“ The World Upsidedown ' in Modern Arabic Literature : New Literary Renditions of an Antique Religious Topos . ... “ The Image of the Jew in Modern Arabic Culture ” ( Hebrew ) . ... “ Neo - Sufism in Modern Arabic Poetry .

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Author: Reuven Snir

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474420525

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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The study of Arabic literature is blossoming. This book provides a comprehensive theoretical framework to help research this highly prolific and diverse production of contemporary literary texts. Based on the achievements of historical poetics, in particular those of Russian formalism and its theoretical legacy, this framework offers flexible, transparent, and unbiased tools to understand the relevant contexts within the literary system. The aim is to enhance our understanding of Arabic literature, throw light on areas of literary production that traditionally have been neglected, and stimulate others to take up the fascinating challenge of mapping out and exploring them.

Historical Dictionary of Sufism

In History of Persian Literature from the Beginning of the Islamic Period to the Present Day, ... Bawa, O. R. “The Role of Sufis and Sants [sic] in the Development of Deccani Urdu. ... Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel.

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Author: John Renard

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780810879744

Category: Religion

Page: 582

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The most broadly accepted explanation of Sufism is the etymological derivation of the term from the Arabic for “wool,” ṣūf, associating practitioners with a preference for poor, rough clothing. This explanation clearly identifies Sufism with ascetical practice and the importance of manifesting spiritual poverty through material poverty. In fact, some of the earliest “Western” descriptions of individuals now widely associated with the larger phenomenon of Sufism identified them with the Arabic term faqīr, mendicant, or its most common Persian equivalent, darwīsh. Sufism, as presented here embraces a host of features including the ritual, institutional, psychological, hermeneutical, artistic, literary, ethical, and epistemological. This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Sufism contains a chronology, an introduction, a glossary, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,000 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, major historical figures and movements, practices, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Sufism.

The Scarecrow

Ziad Elmarsafy, in his book Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel, has an elegant chapter devoted to demonstrating the central place of Sufism not only in the novels of Ibrahim al-Koni but in explaining his sense of mission as a ...

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Author: Ibrahim al-Koni

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9781477302521

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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The Scarecrow is the final volume of Ibrahim al-Koni's Oasis trilogy, which chronicles the founding, flourishing, and decline of a Saharan oasis. Fittingly, this continuation of a tale of greed and corruption opens with a meeting of the conspirators who assassinated the community's leader at the end of the previous novel, The Puppet. They punished him for opposing the use of gold in business transactions—a symptom of a critical break with their nomadic past—and now they must search for a leader who shares their fetishistic love of gold. A desert retreat inspires the group to select a leader at random, but their "choice," it appears, is not entirely human. This interloper from the spirit world proves a self-righteous despot, whose intolerance of humanity presages disaster for an oasis besieged by an international alliance. Though al-Koni has repeatedly stressed that he is not a political author, readers may see parallels not only to a former Libyan ruler but to other tyrants—past and present—who appear as hollow as a scarecrow.

The Modernist World

In his Arab Literary History (1910–13), the Lebanese writer Jurji Zaydan named the Ottoman period the 'Age of Decline' (ʿas.r ... Elmarsafy, Z. (2012) Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

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Author: Allana Lindgren

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317696162

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 616

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The Modernist World is an accessible yet cutting edge volume which redraws the boundaries and connections among interdisciplinary and transnational modernisms. The 61 new essays address literature, visual arts, theatre, dance, architecture, music, film, and intellectual currents. The book also examines modernist histories and practices around the globe, including East and Southeast Asia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and Oceania, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Arab World, as well as the United States and Canada. A detailed introduction provides an overview of the scholarly terrain, and highlights different themes and concerns that emerge in the volume. The Modernist World is essential reading for those new to the subject as well as more advanced scholars in the area – offering clear introductions alongside new and refreshing insights.

Egypt 1919

Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature Series Editor: Rasheed El-Enany Writing Beirut: Mappings of the City in ... The Iraqi Novel: Key Writers, Key Texts Fabio Caiani and Catherine Cobham Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel ...

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Author: Dina Heshmat

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474458382

Category: History

Page: 248

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The first book offering an extensive analysis of literary and cinematic narratives dealing with the 1919 anti-colonial revolution in Egypt.

Arab Nahdah

Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature Series Editor: Rasheed El-Enany Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq and the Advent of ... Nation, and the Arabic Novel: Egypt 1892–2008 Hoda Elsadda Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel Ziad Elmarsafy ...

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Author: Abdulrazzak Patel

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748677924

Category: History

Page: 272

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The nahda or Arab renaissance of the 19th and early 20th centuries forms the basis of modernity in Arabic literature and Arab thought more generally. This book enhances our understanding of the movement that led its culture from medievalism to modern time

Literary Autobiography and Arab National Struggles

Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature Series Editor: Rasheed El-Enany Writing Beirut: Mappings of the City in ... The Iraqi Novel: Key Writers, Key Texts Fabio Caiani and Catherine Cobham Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel ...

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Author: Nasser Tahia Abdel Nasser

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474420235

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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In memoirs, Arab writers have invoked solitude in moments of deep public involvement. Focusing on Taha Hussein, Sonallah Ibrahim, Assia Djebar, Latifa al-Zayyat, Mahmoud Darwish, Mourid Barghouti, Edward Said, Haifa Zangana, and Radwa Ashour, this book reads a range of autobiographical forms, sources, and affinities with other literatures.Taking a comparative approach, Nasser shows the local sources of contemporary Arab autobiography, adaptations of a global genre, and cultural exchange. She also examines different aspects of the contemporary autobiography as it has evolved in the Arab world during the past half-century, focusing on the particularity of the genre written in different languages but pertaining to one overarching Arab culture. Drawing on memoirs, testimonies, autobiographical novels, poetic autobiography, journals, and diaries, she examines solitude and national struggles in contemporary Arab autobiography.

Prophetic Translation

Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature Series Editor: Rasheed El-Enany Writing Beirut: Mappings of the City in ... The Iraqi Novel: Key Writers, Key Texts Fabio Caiani and Catherine Cobham Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel ...

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Author: Maya I. Kesrouany

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474407410

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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Collection of newly-commissioned essays tracing cutting-edge developments in children's literature research.