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Arabic Literary Heritage: The Development of its Genres and Criticism (Roger Allen) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1998) 9780521485258
Arabic Literary Heritage: The Development of its Genres and Criticism (Roger Allen) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1998) 9780521485258
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Title: Arabic Literary Heritage: The Development of its Genres and Criticism

Author: Allen, Roger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1998

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521485258

Volumes: 1; Pages: 475

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The Arabic Literary Heritage describes a cultural tradition of literary texts in Arabic from the fifth century A.D. to the present day. After two preliminary chapters on principles and contexts, there are chapters devoted to the Qu'ran as literature, poetry, belles-lettrist prose, drama, and criticism. The volume as a whole, which contains extensive quotations in English translation, a chronology and a guide to further reading, makes a major non-Western literary tradition newly accessible to students and scholars in the West.

Reviews

"Allen's book ... is of great help to beginning students of Arabic literature." Issa J. Boullata of World Literature Today

Contents

Preface

Chronology

1. An essay on precedents and principles

2. The contexts of the literary tradition

3. The Qu'ran: sacred text and cultural yardstick

4. Poetry

5. belletristic prose and narrative

6. Drama

7. The critical tradition

Guide to further reading

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