The Qur'an and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism

The Qur'an and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism
From Taha to Nasr

by Mohammad Salama

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2018-05-17
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 147425327X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In The Qur'an and Modern Arabic Literary Criticism, Mohammad Salama navigates the labyrinthine semantics that underlie this sacred text and inform contemporary scholarship. The book presents reflections on Quranic exegesis by explaining - and distinguishing between - interpretation and explication. While the book focuses on Quranic and literary scholarship in twentieth-century Egypt from Taha Husayn to Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, it also engages with an immense tradition of scholarship from the classical period to the present, including authors such as Abu 'Ubayda, Ibn 'Abbas, al-Razi, and al-Tabari. Salama argues that, over the centuries, the Arabic language experienced semantic and phonological shifts, creating a lacuna in understanding the Qur'an and bringing contemporary readers under the spell of hermeneutical and parochial interpretations. He demonstrates that while this lacuna explains much of the intellectual poverty of traditionalist approaches to Quranic exegesis, the work of the modern Egyptian school of academics marks a sharp departure from the programmed conservatism of Islamist and Salafi exegetics. Through analyses of the writings of these intellectuals, the author shows that a fresh look at the sources and a revolutionary attempt to approach the Qur'an could render tradition itself an impetus for an alternative aesthetics-contextual, open, and unfolding.

The Qur’an and the Aesthetics of Premodern Arabic Prose

The Qur’an and the Aesthetics of Premodern Arabic Prose
A Book

by Sarah R. bin Tyeer

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2016-09-10
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN : 1137598751
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book approaches the Qur’an as a primary source for delineating the definition of ugliness, and by extension beauty, and in turn establishing meaningful tools and terms for literary criticism within the discipline of classical Arabic literature (adab). Focusing on the aesthetic dimension of the Qur’an, this methodology opens up new horizons for reading adab by reading the tradition from within the tradition and thereby examining issues of “decontextualisation” and the “untranslatable.” This approach, in turn, invites Comparatists, as well as Arabists, to consider other means and perspectives for approaching adab besides the Bakhtinian carnival. Applying this critical strategy to literary works as diverse as One Thousand and One Nights and The Epistle of Forgiveness, Sarah R. bin Tyeer aims to prove two major points: how Bakhtin’s aesthetics is anachronistic and therefore theoretically inappropriate when applied to certain literary works and how ultimately this literary methodology is sometimes used as a proxy for ungrounded and, sometimes, unfair arguments by other scholars. Foreword by Angelika Neuwirth, Professor of Quranic studies, Freie University, Berlin, Germany.

Arabic Poetics

Arabic Poetics
Aesthetic Experience in Classical Arabic Literature

by Lara Harb

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2020-04-30
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN : 1108490212
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What makes language beautiful? Arabic Poetics offers an answer to what this pertinent question looked like at the height of the Islamic civilization. In this novel argument, Lara Harb suggests that literary quality depended on the ability of linguistic expression to produce an experience of discovery and wonder in the listener. Analyzing theories of how rhetorical figures, simile, metaphor, and sentence construction are able to achieve this effect of wonder, Harb shows how this aesthetic theory, first articulated at the turn of the eleventh century CE, represented a major paradigm shift from earlier Arabic criticism which based its judgement on criteria of truthfulness and naturalness. In doing so, this study poses a major challenge to the misconception in modern scholarship that Arabic criticism was 'traditionalist' or 'static', exposing an elegant widespread conceptual framework of literary beauty in the post-eleventh-century Islamicate world which is central to poetic criticism, the interpretation of Aristotle's Poetics in Arabic philosophy and the rationale underlying discussions about the inimitability of the Quran.

Mary in the Qur'an

Mary in the Qur'an
A Literary Reading

by Hosn Abboud

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2014-01-10
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN : 1317917774
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Providing an analysis of the complete story of Mary in its liturgical, narrative and rhetorical contexts, this literary reading is a prerequisite to any textual reading of the Qur’an whether juristic, theological, or otherwise. intertextuality between the Old Testament, New Testament and the Qur’an. The Qur’an is an oral event, linguistic phenomenon and great literature. So the application of modern literary theories is essential to have full comprehension of the history of the development of literary forms from pre-Islamic period such as poetry, story telling, speech-giving to the present. In addition, there is a need, from a feminist perspective, to understand in depth why a Christian mother figure such as Mary was important in early Islam and in the different stages of the development of the Qur’an as a communication process between Muhammad and the early Muslim community. Introducing modern literary theories, gender perspective and feminist criticism into Qur’anic scholarship for the first time, this book will be an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers of Islamic Studies, Qur’anic and New Testament Studies, Comparative Literature and Feminist Theology.

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A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology

by G. J. H. van Gelder

  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release : 2013
  • Pages : 468
  • ISBN : 0814770274
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A major achievement in the field of translation, this anthology presents a rich assortment of classical Arabic poems and literary prose, from pre-Islamic times until the 18th century, with short introductions to guide non-specialist students and informative endnotes and bibliography for advanced scholars. Like many pre-modern Arabic anthologies it aims at being both entertaining and informative. It ranges from the early Bedouin poems with their evocation of desert life to refined urban lyrical verse, from tender love poetry to sonorous eulogy or vicious lampoons, and from the heights of mystical rapture to the frivolity of comic verse. The prose contains anecdotes, entertaining or edifying tales and parables, a fairy-tale, a bawdy story, samples of literary criticism, and much more. With this anthology, distinguished Arabist Geert Jan van Gelder brings together well-known texts as well as less familiar pieces that will be new even to scholars in the field. Many recent studies and anthologies of Middle Eastern literatures are primarily interested in Islam and religious matters--an emphasis that leads to the common misconception that almost everything in the region was and is dominated by religion. Classical Arabic Literature instead brings to life the rich variety of pre-modern Arabic social and cultural life, where secular texts happily coexisted with religious ones. This masterful anthology, in English only, will introduce this vibrant literary heritage to a wide spectrum of new readers.

The Qur’an and the Aesthetics of Premodern Arabic Prose

The Qur’an and the Aesthetics of Premodern Arabic Prose
A Book

by Sarah R. bin Tyeer

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2016-09-10
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN : 1137598751
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book approaches the Qur’an as a primary source for delineating the definition of ugliness, and by extension beauty, and in turn establishing meaningful tools and terms for literary criticism within the discipline of classical Arabic literature (adab). Focusing on the aesthetic dimension of the Qur’an, this methodology opens up new horizons for reading adab by reading the tradition from within the tradition and thereby examining issues of “decontextualisation” and the “untranslatable.” This approach, in turn, invites Comparatists, as well as Arabists, to consider other means and perspectives for approaching adab besides the Bakhtinian carnival. Applying this critical strategy to literary works as diverse as One Thousand and One Nights and The Epistle of Forgiveness, Sarah R. bin Tyeer aims to prove two major points: how Bakhtin’s aesthetics is anachronistic and therefore theoretically inappropriate when applied to certain literary works and how ultimately this literary methodology is sometimes used as a proxy for ungrounded and, sometimes, unfair arguments by other scholars. Foreword by Angelika Neuwirth, Professor of Quranic studies, Freie University, Berlin, Germany.

Women and Gender in the Qur'an

Women and Gender in the Qur'an
A Book

by Celene Ibrahim

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release : 2020
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 0190063815
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Stories related to gendered social relations permeate the Qur'an, and nearly three hundred verses involve specific women or girls. These stories weave together theology and ethics to reinforce central Qur'anic ideas regarding submission to God and moral accountability. Women and Gender in the Qur'an outlines how women and girls - old, young, barren, fertile, chaste, profligate, reproachable, and saintly-enter Qur'anic sacred history and advance the Qur'an'soverarching didactic aims.

An Anthology of Arabic Literature

An Anthology of Arabic Literature
From the Classical to the Modern

by Tarif Khalidi

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2016-03-15
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781474410786
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Introducing readers to the extremely rich tradition of Arabic literature, this Anthology covers some of its major themes and concerns across the centuries, from its early beginnings to modern times. The texts chosen are a 'library of personal preferences' of a scholar who has spent half a century or more in the company of Arabic books, marking then translating those passages that seemed to him to capture some of its most memorable moments. Reflecting the great diversity and unpredictability of Arabic literature as the carrier of a major world culture, both pre-modern and modern, the Anthology is divided thematically to highlight modern issues such as love, religion, the human self, human rights, freedom of expression, the environment, violence, secular thought, and feminism. The short, easy-to-read texts are accessible to non-specialists, providing an ideal entry point to this extraordinary literature.

Modern Arabic Literature

Modern Arabic Literature
A Book

by Paul Starkey

  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release : 2014-03-11
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0748696539
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An introduction to Modern Arabic Literature, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present

An Introduction to Arabic Literature

An Introduction to Arabic Literature
A Book

by Roger Allen,Roger M. A. Allen

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2000-07-13
  • Pages : 263
  • ISBN : 9780521776578
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An accessible introduction to Arabic literature from the fifth century to the present.

Three Treatises on the I'jaz of the Qur'an

Three Treatises on the I'jaz of the Qur'an
Qur'anic Studies and Literary Criticism

by Ahmad Khalaf-Allah,Muhammad Zaghlssl Sallam,Muhammad Khalaf-Allah Ahmad

  • Publisher : Garnet Pub Limited
  • Release : 2015-08-18
  • Pages : 174
  • ISBN : 9781859643891
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Now available in paperback, this book contains three important Arabic treatises from the 4th and 5th centuries of Islamic history, published here in English translation. These treatises deal with the Islamic concept of i'jaz, that is, the inimitability of the Qur'an because of its sublime style and divine content. While analyzing i'jaz, the treatises also partake in the development of the science of rhetoric in Arabic and the evolution Arabic literary criticism. The inimitability of the Qur'an is considered a miracle authenticating the holy scripture of Islam and proving the veracity of Muhammad's prophethood. Yet, despite its importance in Islamic thought and Qur'anic studies, few of the Arabic works on i'jaz have been translated into Western languages. The three Arabic treatises in the book are relatively short ones: they afford different points of view and offer a variety of literary and theological approaches that give the reader a virtually comprehensive understanding of i'jaz and the issues related to it, meanwhile contributing to the knowledge of Arabic rhetoric and literary criticism. (Series: The Great Books of Islamic Civilization) [Subject: Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Literary Criticism, History]

The Quʼran as Text

The Quʼran as Text
A Book

by Stefan Wild

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN : 9789004103443
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This collection of papers focusses on the literary, the text-linguistic, the intertextual, and the receptional aspects of the Qur anic text. Using modern methodology can open the way towards a more adequate hermeneutical approach to the Qur an.

The Literary Qur'an

The Literary Qur'an
Narrative Ethics in the Maghreb

by Hoda El Shakry

  • Publisher : Fordham University Press
  • Release : 2019-12-03
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 0823286371
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The novel, the literary adage has it, reflects a world abandoned by God. Yet the possibilities of novelistic form and literary exegesis exceed the secularizing tendencies of contemporary literary criticism. Showing how the Qurʾan itself invites and enacts critical reading, Hoda El Shakry’s Qurʾanic model of narratology enriches our understanding of literary sensibilities and practices in the Maghreb across Arabophone and Francophone traditions. The Literary Qurʾan mobilizes the Qurʾan’s formal, narrative, and rhetorical qualities, alongside embodied and hermeneutical forms of Qurʾanic pedagogy, to theorize modern Maghrebi literature. Challenging the canonization of secular modes of reading that occlude religious epistemes, practices, and intertexts, it attends to literature as a site where the process of entextualization obscures ethical imperatives. Engaging with the Arab-Islamic tradition of adab—a concept demarcating the genre of belles lettres, as well as social and moral comportment—El Shakry demonstrates how the critical pursuit of knowledge is inseparable from the spiritual cultivation of the self. Foregrounding form and praxis alike, The Literary Qurʾan stages a series of pairings that invite paratactic readings across texts, languages, and literary canons. The book places twentieth-century novels by canonical Francophone writers (Abdelwahab Meddeb, Assia Djebar, Driss Chraïbi) into conversation with lesser-known Arabophone ones (Maḥmūd al-Masʿadī, al-Ṭāhir Waṭṭār, Muḥammad Barrāda). Theorizing the Qurʾan as a literary object, process, and model, this interdisciplinary study blends literary and theological methodologies, conceptual vocabularies, and reading practices.

Studies in Modern Arabic Prose and Poetry

Studies in Modern Arabic Prose and Poetry
A Book

by Shmuel Moreh

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 1988
  • Pages : 179
  • ISBN : 9789004083592
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Modern Arabic Drama

Modern Arabic Drama
An Anthology

by Salma Khadra Jayyusi,Roger M. A. Allen,Roger Allen

  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Release : 1995
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9780253209733
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Translations of 12 Arabic plays written and produced during the past thirty years.

Textual Criticism and Qur'an Manuscripts

Textual Criticism and Qur'an Manuscripts
A Book

by Keith E. Small

  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release : 2011-04-22
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN : 0739142917
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This unique work takes a method of textual analysis commonly used in studies of ancient Western and Eastern manuscripts and applies it to twenty-one early Qur'an manuscripts. Keith Small analyzes a defined portion of text from the Qur'an with two aims in view: to recover the earliest form of text for this portion, and to trace the historical development of this portion to the current form of the text of the Qur'an. Small concludes that though a significantly early edited form of the consonantal text of the Qur'an can be recovered, its original forms of text cannot be obtained. He also documents the further editing that was required to record the Arabic text of the Qur'an in a complete phonetic script, as well as providing an explanation for much of the development of various recitation systems of the Qur'an. This controversial, thought-provoking book provides a rigorous examination into the history of the Qur'an and will be of great interest to Quranic Studies scholars.

Studying Modern Arabic Literature

Studying Modern Arabic Literature
A Book

by Roger Allen

  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Release : 2015-04-14
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 0748696636
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book is devoted to the life and academic legacy of Mustafa Badawi who transformed the study of Modern Arabic Literature in the second half of the 20th century.

The Arabic Literary Heritage

The Arabic Literary Heritage
The Development of Its Genres and Criticism

by Roger M. A. Allen,Roger Allen

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2005-10-17
  • Pages : 437
  • ISBN : 9780521485258
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An accessible introduction to the cultural tradition of literary texts in Arabic from the fifth century AD to the present day.

Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature

Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature
A Book

by Julie Scott Meisami,Paul Starkey

  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release : 1998
  • Pages : 857
  • ISBN : 9780415185721
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This reference work covers the classical, transitional and modern periods. Editors and contributors cover an international scope of Arabic literature in many countries.

Arabic Humanities, Islamic Thought

Arabic Humanities, Islamic Thought
Essays in Honor of Everett K. Rowson

by Joseph Lowry,Shawkat Toorawa

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 2017-02-20
  • Pages : 546
  • ISBN : 9004343296
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The studies in this volume, which cover an unusually wide range of topics in the Arabic humanities and Islamic thought, explore the richness of the Arabic literary tradition and Islamic intellectual life from the beginnings of Islam to the present.