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An Introduction to Arabic Literature - Roger Allen

An Introduction to Arabic Literature

Paperback Published: 15th September 2000
ISBN: 9780521776578
Number Of Pages: 288

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Roger Allen provides a comprehensive introductory survey of literary texts in Arabic, from their unknown beginnings in the fifth century AD to the present day. The volume focuses on the major genres of Arabic literature, dealing with Islam's sacred text, the Qur'an, and a wealth of poetry, narrative prose, drama and criticism. Allen reveals the continuities that link the creative output of the present day to the illustrious literary heritage of the past and incorporates an enormously rich body of popular literature typified most famously by The Arabian Nights. The volume is informed by Western critical approaches, but within each chapter the emphasis is on the texts themselves, with extensive quotations in English translation. Reference features include a chronology and a guide to further reading. A revised and abridged version of Allen's acclaimed study, The Arabic Literary Heritage, this book provides an invaluable student introduction to a major non-Western literary tradition.

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'In scope, documentation, analysis and argument, Roger Allen's book is a welcome contribution, a masterpiece that deserves the best of scholarly appreciation and the right presence among texts in the field. It is a book that should appear on every reading list for courses and seminars in Arabic studies.' Journal of Arabic Literature 'There are few Arabists whose writings give the impression that they feel thoroughly at home in both classical and modern Arabic literature, and Professor Roger Allen is certainly one of them.' Journal of Islamic Studies

Preface
Note on translation, transliteration and further reading
Chronology
An essay on precedents and principles
The contexts of the literary tradition
The Qur'an: sacred text and cultural yardstick
Poetry
Belletristic prose and narrative
Drama
The critical tradition
Guide to further reading
Index
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ISBN: 9780521776578
ISBN-10: 0521776570
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15th September 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Type: Abridged

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