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Arabic Literature

The purpose of the module is to introduce students to the reading of modern Arabic literary texts in the original language and to prepare them for the more advanced and specialised study of Arabic literature in subsequent years. By the end of the module, students will also have acquired some understanding of the historical and literary context within which the forms of modern Arabic literature have developed.

The texts studied are likely to include:

  • Allen, Roger, The Arabic Novel: An Historical and Critical Introduction, 1982.
  • Badawi, M. M., A Critical Introduction to Modern Arabic Poetry, 1975.
  • Badawi, M. M., A Short History of Modern Arabic Literature, 1993.
  • Broadhurst, R. J. C., The Travels of Ibn Jubayr, 1952.
  • Cambridge History of Arabic Literature:- Arabic Literature to the End of the Umayyad Period; Arabic Literature in the Post-Classical Period; - Religion, Learning and Science in the 'Abbasid Period
  • Dunn, Ross E., The adventures of Ibn Battuta, a Muslim traveler of the fourteenth century, 2005.
  • El Sadda, Hoda, Gender, Nation, and the Arabic Novel: Egypt, 1892-2008, 2012.
  • Hämeen-Anttila, Jaakko, Maqama : A History of a Genre, 2002.
  • Irwin, Robert, The Arabian Nights: A Companion, 2008.
  • Makdisi, Saree & Nussbaum, Felicity (eds.), The Arabian Nights in Historical Context. Between East and West, 2008.
  • Moreh, Shmuel, Modern Arabic Poetry 1800-1970: The Development of its Forms and Themes under the Influence of Western Literature, 1976.
  • Starkey, Paul, Modern Arabic Literature, 2006.

Coordinator: To be confirmed

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment.