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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2013: Religion and Politics in the Middle East: Literary Perspectives

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Allen, Roger, The Arabic Novel: An Historical and Critical Introduction, 2nd edn. New York: Syracuse Press, 1995.

Adonis. Ê»Ali AhÌ£mad Sa’id. Sufism and Surrealism. Trans. Judith Cumberbatch. London: Saqi, 2005.

Asad, Talal. Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2003.

Ashcroft, B. & Griffiths, G.: The Post-Colonial Studies Reader (1995)

Badawi, M.M. ‘Islam in Modern Egyptian Literature’, Journal of Arabic Literature 2 (1971), pp. 154-77.

_____ . Critical Introduction to Modern Arabic Poetry. Cambridge, 1975.

Baron, Beth, The Women’s Awakening in Egypt. New Haven, 1994.

_____ . Egypt as A Woman: Nationalism, Gender and Politics.  Berkeley, 2005.

Booth, Marilyn, May Her Likes Be Multiplied: Biography and Gender Politics in Egypt. Berkeley, 2001.

Chittick, William. Sufism: A Short Introduction. Oxford: OneWorld, 2000.

DeYoung, Terri. Placing the Poet: Badr Shakir al-Sayyab and Postcolonial Iraq. New York, 1998.

Elmarsafy, Ziad. Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.

Erikson, John. Islam and Postcolonial Narrative. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Girard, Réne. Violence and the Sacred, trans. Patrick Gregory. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press,      1977.

Gottlieb, Erika. Dystopian Fiction East and West: Terror and Trial. Montreal:

McGill’s University Press, 2001.

Hafez, Sabry. The Genesis of Arabic Narrative Discourse:A Study in the Sociology of Modern Arabic Literature. London: Saqi, 1993.

Hasan, S.S. Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt: The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic Equality. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003

Hassan, Wail, Tayeb Salih: Ideology and Craft of Fiction.  Syracuse, 2003.

Jacquemond, Richard, Conscience of the Nation, tr. David Tresilian.  Cairo, 2008.

Hourani, Albert: Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age. Oxford, 1962.

Al-Jayyusi, Salma al-Khadra, Trends and Movements in Modern Arabic Poetry. 2 vols. Leiden, 1977.

Kilpatrick, Hilary. ‘‘Abd al-Hakim Qasim and the Search for Liberation’. Journal of Arabic Literature 26/1-2 (1995), pp. 50-66.

Malti-Douglas, Fedwa. ‘Binding Religion and Politics: The Relationship between Islam and Literature’, The World and I 12 (1997), pp. 68-75.

al-Musawi, Muhsin Jassim. The Postcolonial Arabic Novel: Debating Ambivalence. Leiden: Brill, 2003.

_____ . Islam on the Street: Religion in Modern Arabic Literature. Lanham, Md.:

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009.

Najjar, Fauzi M. ‘The Debate on Islam and Secularism in Egypt’, Arab Studies Quarterly 18 (Spring 1996).

_____ .‘Islamic Fundamentalism and the Intellectuals: The Case of Naguib Mahfouz’, British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 25, no. 1 (May 1998), pp. 139-169.

Omri, Mohamed-Salah, Nationalism, Islam and World Literature. London, 2006.

Ouyang, Wen-chin. ‘The Dialectic of Past and Present in Rihlat Ibn Fattuma by Najib Mahfuz’, Edebiyet 14/1&2 (2003), pp. 81-107.

Said, Edward. Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient. London: Penguin, 1978.

_____ . Culture and Imperialism. London, 1994.

Shalan, Jeff. ‘Writing the Nation: The Emergence of Egypt in the Modern Arabic Novel’, Journal of Arabic  Literature 33/3 (2002), pp. 211-247.

Steffen, Lloyd. ‘Religion and Violence in Christian Traditions’, in Mark Juergensmeyer, Margo Kitts and Michael Jerryson, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Siddiq, Muhammad. Arab Culture and the Novel: Genre, Identity and Agency in Egyptian Fiction. London, 2007.

Suleiman, Yasir, The Arabic Language and National Identity. Washington, DC, 2003.

Tadros, Samuel. Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity. Stanford, California: Hoover Institution Press, 2013.

Tamimi Azzam. and John L. Esposito, eds. Islam and Secularism in the Middle East. London: Hurst & Company, 2000.

Yared, Nazik Saba. Secularism and the Arab World (1850-1939). London: Saqi Books, 2002.

Zeidan, Joseph T., Arab Women Novelists: The Formative Years and Beyond. Albany, 1995.