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Arab and Muslim Science Fiction : Critical Essays - Hosam A. Ibrahim Elzembely

Arab and Muslim Science Fiction

Critical Essays

By: Hosam A. Ibrahim Elzembely (Editor), Emad El-Din Aysha (Editor)

Paperback | 4 April 2022

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How is science fiction from the Arab and Muslim world different than mainstream science fiction from the West? What distinctive and original contributions can it make? Why is it so often neglected in critical considerations of the genre? While other books have explored these questions, all have been from foreign academic voices. Instead, this book uses an own-voices approach to examine the nature, genesis, and history of Arabic and Muslim science fiction, as well as the challenges its authors face. Through personal narratives, these authors share their stories and their struggles with the censors, recalcitrant publishers, critics, the book market, and the literary establishment. Their uphill efforts, with critical contributions from academics, translators, and literary activists, will enlighten the sci-fi enthusiast and fill a gap in the history of science fiction. Topics covered range from culture shock to conflicts between tradition and modernity, proactive roles for female heroines, blind imitation of storytelling techniques, and language games.
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"Wide-ranging specialized material on the disparate emerging field of multilingual sf from the Arab and Islamic world"-Library Journal

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