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.