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Mahmoud Darwish

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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
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ISBN 13 : 1786730138
Pages : 248 pages
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Download Mahmoud Darwish PDF Format Full Free by Muna Abu Eid and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2016-05-31 with total page 248 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Mahmoud Darwish is the poet laureate of the Palestinian national struggle. His poems resonate across the entire Arab world and, more than any other single figure perhaps since the death of Yasser Arafat, he represents a unifying figurehead for Palestinian national aspirations. In this, the first comprehensive biography of Darwish in English, Muna Abu Eid examines the poet's intellectual status on two fronts - both national and public - and offers a critical assessment of Darwish's national and political life. Based on Darwish's own writings and interviews with people who worked with him and situating Darwish's poetry within the wider context of Palestinian struggles inside Israel, this book explores the influence of Darwish's life and work in the Palestinian territories and in the diaspora: from the destruction of his Galilee village and displacement of his family during the 1948 Nakba; to his return and 'infiltration' back into the homeland and the struggle for survival inside Israel; to his internal and external exiles in Haifa, Moscow, Cairo, Beirut, Tunisia, Paris and even Ramallah.


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Mahmoud Darwish

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Publisher : Syracuse University Press
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ISBN 13 : 0815652739
Pages : 220 pages
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Download Mahmoud Darwish PDF Format Full Free by Khaled Mattawa and published by Syracuse University Press. This book was released on 2014-06-12 with total page 220 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation, Mattawa pays tribute to one of the most celebrated and well-read poets of our era. With detailed knowledge of Arabic verse and a firm grounding in Palestinian history, Mattawa explores the ways in which Darwish’s aesthetics have played a crucial role in shaping and maintaining Palestinian identity and culture through decades of warfare, attrition, exile, and land confiscation. Mattawa chronicles the evolution of his poetry, from a young poet igniting resistance in occupied land to his decades in exile where his work grew in ambition and scope. In doing so, Mattawa reveals Darwish’s verse to be both rooted to its place of longing and to transcend place, as it reaches for the universal and the human.


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Mahmoud Darwish

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Publisher : Springer
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ISBN 13 : 3030241629
Pages : 105 pages
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Download Mahmoud Darwish PDF Format Full Free by Dalya Cohen-Mor and published by Springer. This book was released on 2019-08-05 with total page 105 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Mahmoud Darwish: Palestine’s Poet and the Other as the Beloved focuses on Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008), whose poetry has helped to shape Palestinian identity and foster Palestinian culture through many decades of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dalya Cohen-Mor explores the poet’s romantic relationship with “Rita,” an Israeli Jewish woman whom he had met in Haifa in his early twenties and to whom he had dedicated a series of love poems and prose passages, among them the iconic poem “Rita and the Gun.” Interwoven with biographical details and diverse documentary materials, this exploration reveals a fascinating facet in the poet’s personality, his self-definition, and his attitude toward the Israeli other. Comprising a close reading of Darwish’s love poems, coupled with many examples of novels and short stories from both Arabic and Hebrew fiction that deal with Arab-Jewish love stories, this book delves into the complexity of Arab-Jewish relations and shows how romance can blossom across ethno-religious lines and how politics all too often destroys it.


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Mahmoud Darwish, Exile's Poet

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Publisher : Interlink Books
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Pages : 396 pages
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Download Mahmoud Darwish, Exile's Poet PDF Format Full Free by Hala Kh. (ed.) Nassar and published by Interlink Books. This book was released on 2008 with total page 396 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Mahmoud Darwish’s work has long been considered seminal in shaping modern Arabic poetry. He has received wide international recognition and is regarded as a contender for the Nobel Prize. Often deemed the “Poet of the Resistance,” no substantial critical study exists that addresses the complexity of Darwish’s poetry in rewriting the homeland and articulating exile. His later poetry consciously marks a move away from his earlier portrayals of identity, home, and poetry, yet many critics have failed to take note of this shift. His oeuvre yokes poetry and history, the political and the poetic, probing identities in perpetual exile. This book examines the complex connections between poetry, myth, lyric, prose, and history in Darwish’s poetry. The scholarly articles in this volume situate his work in relation to both modern Arabic and world poetry. In addition, the articles address issues such as the future of poetry, the role of the poet, language, cultural heritage, lyrical modes, as well as the relationship of place and identity.


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Conversations with Enrique Dussel on Anti-Cartesian Decoloniality & Pluriversal Transmodernity

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Publisher : Ahead Publishing House (imprint: Okcir Press)
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ISBN 13 : 1888024933
Pages : 219 pages
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Download Conversations with Enrique Dussel on Anti-Cartesian Decoloniality & Pluriversal Transmodernity PDF Format Full Free by Mohammad H. Tamdgidi and published by Ahead Publishing House (imprint: Okcir Press). This book was released on 2013-09-01 with total page 219 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This Fall 2013 (XI, 1) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, is entitled and dedicated to “Conversations with Enrique Dussel on Anti-Cartesian Decoloniality and Pluriversal Transmodernity.” Despite the long established recognition and reputation of Dussel as the most prolific, creative, and influential living Latin American philosopher, a limited portion of his writings has hitherto appeared in English. Exiled to Mexico from his native Argentina more than 35 years ago, Dussel has written more than 70 books and hundreds of articles ranging from theology to history, from philosophy to politics. Increasing interest in his work has been emerging among students and educators interested in developing liberating social theories and philosophies from the Global South. The present volume is one emerging response among many to Dussel’s call for a “South-South Philosophical Dialogue” in order to advance the cause of decolonization and liberation of inner and global human realities. Contributors include: Enrique Dussel, Eduardo Mendieta, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Linda Martín Alcoff, Lewis R. Gordon, Ramón Grosfoguel (also as journal issue guest editor), Dustin Craun, Rehnuma Sazzad (including both her article and her review of the book of poetry by the Palestinian-American poet Lisa Suhair Majaj), Linda Weber, George Ciccariello-Maher (as journal issue guest editor), and Mohammad H. Tamdgidi (also as journal editor-in-chief). Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge is a publication of OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics). For more information about OKCIR and other issues in its journal’s Edited Collection as well as Monograph and Translation series visit OKCIR’s homepage.


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Palestinian Culture and the Nakba

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 13 : 1351387499
Pages : 206 pages
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Download Palestinian Culture and the Nakba PDF Format Full Free by Hania A.M. Nashef and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2018-10-30 with total page 206 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Nakba not only resulted in the loss of the homeland, but also caused the dispersal and ruin of entire Palestinian communities. Even though the term Nakba refers to a singular historic event, the consequence of 1948 has symptomatically become part of Palestinian identity, and the element that demarcates who the Palestinian is. Palestinian exile and loss have evolved into cultural symbols that at once help define the person and allow the person to remember the loss. Although accounts of the Palestinians’ experience of the expulsion from the land are similar, the emblems that provoke these particular memories differ. Certain mementos, memories or objects help in commemorating the homeland. This book looks at the icons, narratives and symbols that have become synonymous with Palestinian identity and culture and which have, in the absence of a homeland, become a source of memory. It discusses how these icons have come into being and how they have evolved into sites of power which help to keep the story and identity of the Palestinians alive. The book looks at examples from Palestinian caricature, film, literature, poetry and painting, to see how these works ignite memories of the homeland and help to reinforce the diasporic identity. It also argues that the creators of these narratives or emblems have themselves become cultural icons within the collective Palestinian recollection. By introducing the Nakba as a lived experience, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Middle East Studies, Cultural Studies, Literature and Media Studies.


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Arabic Literature for the Classroom

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Publisher : Taylor & Francis
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ISBN 13 : 1315451646
Pages : 344 pages
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Download Arabic Literature for the Classroom PDF Format Full Free by Mushin J al-Musawi and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2017-04-21 with total page 344 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 14. The politics of perception in post-revolutionaryEgyptian cinema -- Reel revolutions -- Notes -- Bibliography -- PART III: Text -- 15. Teaching the maqâmât in translation -- Maqâmât and translation -- Teaching the maqâmât -- Conclusion -- Notes -- 16. Ibn Hazm: Friendship, love and the quest for justice -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 17. The Story of Zahra and its critics: Feminism and agency at war -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 18. The Arabic frametale and two European offspring -- Introduction -- The 1001 Nights -- The Book of Kalīla wa-Dimna -- The Maqāmāt -- The Book of Good Love -- The Canterbury Tales -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 19. Teaching the Arabian Nights -- The fourteenth-century manuscript -- The translator as producer -- A translation venture in a classroom -- Galland's translation in context -- Entry into the French milieu -- The twentieth century: how different? -- In world literature: a comparative sketch before and after -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Afterword: Teaching Arabic literature, Columbia University, May 2010 -- Index


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Travel and Transformation

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 13 : 1317006577
Pages : 252 pages
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Download Travel and Transformation PDF Format Full Free by Garth Lean and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-02-24 with total page 252 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Travel and tourism have a long association with the notion of transformation, both in terms of self and social collectives. What is surprising, however, is that this association has, on the whole, remained relatively underexplored and unchallenged, with little in the way of a corpus of academic literature surrounding these themes. Instead, much of the literature to date has focused upon describing and categorising tourism and travel experiences from a supply-side perspective, with travellers themselves defined in terms of their motivations and interests. While the tourism field can lay claim to several significant milestone contributions, there have been few recent attempts at a rigorous re-theorization of the issues arising from the travel/transformation nexus. The opportunity to explore the socio-cultural dimensions of transformation through travel has thus far been missed. Bringing together geographers, sociologists, cultural researchers, philosophers, anthropologists, visual researchers, literary scholars and heritage researchers, this volume explores what it means to transform through travel in a modern, mobile world. In doing so, it draws upon a wide variety of traveller perspectives - including tourists, backpackers, lifestyle travellers, migrants, refugees, nomads, walkers, writers, poets, virtual travellers and cosmetic surgery patients - to unpack a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination since the very first works of Western literature.


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Unmaking of the Arab Intellectual

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Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
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ISBN 13 : 1474421415
Pages : 216 pages
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Download Unmaking of the Arab Intellectual PDF Format Full Free by Zeina Halabi and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2017-05-18 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this book Zeina G. Halabi examines the figure of the intellectual as prophet, national icon, and exile in contemporary Arabic literature and film. Staging a comparative dialogue with writers and critics such as Elias Khoury, Edward Said, Jurji Zaidan, and Mahmoud Darwish, Halabi focuses on new articulations of loss, displacement, and memory in works by Rabee Jaber, Elia Suleiman, Rawi Hage, Rashid al-Daif, and Seba al-Herz. She argues that the ambivalence and disillusionment with the role of the intellectual in contemporary representations operate as a productive reclaiming of the 'political' in an allegedly apolitical context. The Unmaking of the Arab Intellectual offers the critical tools to understand the evolving relations between the intellectual and power, and the author and the text in the hitherto uncharted contemporary era.


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Love and Poetry in the Middle East

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Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
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ISBN 13 : 0755640969
Pages : 272 pages
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Download Love and Poetry in the Middle East PDF Format Full Free by Atef Alshaer and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2021-12-30 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Love has been an important trope in the literature of the region we now call the Middle East, from ancient times to modern. This book analyses love poetry in various ancient and contemporary languages of the Middle East, including Akkadian, ancient Egyptian, Classical and Modern Standard Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Turkish and Kurdish, including literary materials that have been discovered and highlighted for the first time. Together, the chapters reflect and explore the discursive evolution of the theme of love, and the sensibilities, styles and techniques used to convey it. They chart the way in which poems in ancient poetry give way to complex and varied reflections of human sentiments in the medieval languages and on to the modern period which in turn reflects the complexities and nuances of present times. Offering a snapshot of the diverse literary languages and their relationship to the theme of love, the book will be of interest to scholars of Near and Middle Eastern Literature and Culture.


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Brothers Apart

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Publisher : Stanford University Press
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ISBN 13 : 1503603180
Pages : 288 pages
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Download Brothers Apart PDF Format Full Free by Maha Nassar and published by Stanford University Press. This book was released on 2017-09-05 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When the state of Israel was established in 1948, not all Palestinians became refugees: some stayed behind and were soon granted citizenship. Those who remained, however, were relegated to second-class status in this new country, controlled by a military regime that restricted their movement and political expression. For two decades, Palestinian citizens of Israel were cut off from friends and relatives on the other side of the Green Line, as well as from the broader Arab world. Yet they were not passive in the face of this profound isolation. Palestinian intellectuals, party organizers, and cultural producers in Israel turned to the written word. Through writers like Mahmoud Darwish and Samih al-Qasim, poetry, journalism, fiction, and nonfiction became sites of resistance and connection alike. With this book, Maha Nassar examines their well-known poetry and uncovers prose works that have, until now, been largely overlooked. The writings of Palestinians in Israel played a key role in fostering a shared national consciousness and would become a central means of alerting Arabs in the region to the conditions—and to the defiance—of these isolated Palestinians. Brothers Apart is the first book to reveal how Palestinian intellectuals forged transnational connections through written texts and engaged with contemporaneous decolonization movements throughout the Arab world, challenging both Israeli policies and their own cultural isolation. Maha Nassar reexamines these intellectuals as the subjects, not objects, of their own history and brings to life their perspectives on a fraught political environment. Her readings not only deprovincialize the Palestinians of Israel, but write them back into Palestinian, Arab, and global history.


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Literary Autobiography and Arab National Struggles

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Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
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ISBN 13 : 1474471242
Pages : 224 pages
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Download Literary Autobiography and Arab National Struggles PDF Format Full Free by Tahia Abdel Nasser and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2019-08-06 with total page 224 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In memoirs, Arab writers have invoked solitude in moments of deep public involvement. Focusing on Taha Hussein, Sonallah Ibrahim, Assia Djebar, Latifa al-Zayyat, Mahmoud Darwish, Mourid Barghouti, Edward Said, Haifa Zangana, and Radwa Ashour, this book reads a range of autobiographical forms, sources, and affinities with other literatures.Taking a comparative approach, Nasser shows the local sources of contemporary Arab autobiography, adaptations of a global genre, and cultural exchange. She also examines different aspects of the contemporary autobiography as it has evolved in the Arab world during the past half-century, focusing on the particularity of the genre written in different languages but pertaining to one overarching Arab culture. Drawing on memoirs, testimonies, autobiographical novels, poetic autobiography, journals, and diaries, she examines solitude and national struggles in contemporary Arab autobiography.


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Post-millennial Palestine

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Publisher : Oxford University Press
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ISBN 13 : 1800348274
Pages : 248 pages
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Download Post-millennial Palestine PDF Format Full Free by Rachel Gregory Fox and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2021 with total page 248 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Post-Millennial Palestine: Literature, Memory, Resistance confronts how Palestinians have recently felt obliged to re-think memory and resistance in response to dynamic political and regional changes in the twenty-first century; prolonged spatial and temporal dispossession; and the continued deterioration of the peace process. Insofar as the articulation of memory in (post)colonial contexts can be viewed as an integral component of a continuing anti-colonial struggle for self-determination, in tracing the dynamics of conveying the memory of ongoing, chronic trauma, this collection negotiates the urgency for Palestinians to reclaim and retain their heritage in a continually unstable and fretful present. The collection offers a distinctive contribution to the field of existing scholarship on Palestine, charting new ways of thinking about the critical paradigms of memory and resistance as they are produced and represented in literary works published within the post-millennial period. Reflecting on the potential for the Palestinian narrative to recreate reality in ways that both document it and resist its brutality, the critical essays in this collection show how Palestinian writers in the twenty-first century critically and creatively consider the possible future(s) of their nation.


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What Postcolonial Theory Doesn’t Say

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 13 : 1135096112
Pages : 272 pages
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Download What Postcolonial Theory Doesn’t Say PDF Format Full Free by Anna Bernard and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2015-08-11 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book reclaims postcolonial theory, addressing persistent limitations in the geographical, disciplinary, and methodological assumptions of its dominant formations. It emerges, however, from an investment in the future of postcolonial studies and a commitment to its basic premise: namely, that literature and culture are fundamental to the response to structures of colonial and imperial domination. To a certain extent, postcolonial theory is a victim of its own success, not least because of the institutionalization of the insights that it has enabled. Now that these insights no longer seem new, it is hard to know what the field should address beyond its general commitments. Yet the renewal of popular anti-imperial energies across the globe provides an important opportunity to reassert the political and theoretical value of the postcolonial as a comparative, interdisciplinary, and oppositional paradigm. This collection makes a claim for what postcolonial theory can say through the work of scholars articulating what it still cannot or will not say. It explores ideas that a more aesthetically sophisticated postcolonial theory might be able to address, focusing on questions of visibility, performance, and literariness. Contributors highlight some of the shortcomings of current postcolonial theory in relation to contemporary political developments such as Zimbabwean land reform, postcommunism, and the economic rise of Asia. Finally, they address the disciplinary, geographical, and methodological exclusions from postcolonial studies through a detailed focus on new disciplinary directions (management studies, international relations, disaster studies), overlooked locations and perspectives (Palestine, Weimar Germany, the commons), and the necessity of materialist analysis for understanding both the contemporary world and world literary systems.


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Warfare and Poetry in the Middle East

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ISBN 13 : 0857734377
Pages : 304 pages
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Download Warfare and Poetry in the Middle East PDF Format Full Free by Hugh Kennedy and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2013-10-03 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Part of the rich legacy of the Middle East is a poetic record stretching back five millennia. This unparalleled repository of knowledge - across different languages, cultures and religions - allows us to examine continuity and change in human expression from the beginnings of writing to the present day. In Warfare and Poetry in the Middle East leading scholars draw upon this legacy to explore the ways in which poets, from the third millennium bc to the present day, have responded to effects of war. The contributors deal with material in a wide variety of languages - including Sumerian, Hittite, Akkadian, biblical and modern Hebrew, and classical and contemporary Arabic - and range from the Sumerian lament on the destruction of Ur and the Assyrian conquest of Jerusalem to the al-R?miyy?t of the poet and warrior prince Ab? Fir?s al-?amd?n?, the popular Arabic epics and romances that form the siyar, to the contemporary poetry of Hamas and Hezbollah. Some of the poems are heroic in tone celebrating victory and the prowess of warriors and soldiers; others reflect keenly on the pity and destruction of warfare, on the grief and suffering that war causes.The result is a work that provides a unique reflection upon the ways in which this most violent and pervasive of human activities has been reflected in different cultures. The history of war begins in the Middle East - the earliest reported conflict in human history was fought between the neighbouring city states of Lagash and Umma in ancient Iraq. At a time when the Middle East seems to be permanently at war and wracked by violence, it is salutary to look back at the ancient roots of modern attitudes and to see that in the past, as in the present, these attitudes are much more varied, and the emotions more subtle, than often realised.


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Multiculturalism in Israel

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Publisher : Purdue University Press
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ISBN 13 : 1612493645
Pages : 368 pages
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Download Multiculturalism in Israel PDF Format Full Free by Adia Mendelson-Maoz and published by Purdue University Press. This book was released on 2015-03-15 with total page 368 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: By analyzing its position within the struggles for recognition and reception of different national and ethnic cultural groups, this book offers a bold new picture of Israeli literature. Through comparative discussion of the literatures of Palestinian citizens of Israel, of Mizrahim, of migrants from the former Soviet Union, and of Ethiopian-Israelis, the author demonstrates an unexpected richness and diversity in the Israeli literary scene, a reality very different from the monocultural image that Zionism aspired to create. Drawing on a wide body of social and literary theory, Mendelson-Maoz compares and contrasts the literatures of the four communities she profiles. In her discussion of the literature of the Palestinian citizens of Israel, she presents the question of language and translation, and she provides three case studies of particular authors and their reception. Her study of Mizrahi literature adopts a chronological approach, starting in the 1950s and proceeding toward contemporary Mizrahi writing, while discussing questions of authenticity and self-determination. The discussion of Israeli literature written by immigrants from the former Soviet Union focuses both on authors who write Israeli literature in Russian and of Russian immigrants writing in Hebrew. The final section of the book provides a valuable new discussion of the work of Ethiopian-Israeli writers, a group whose contributions have seldom been previously acknowledged. The picture that emerges from this groundbreaking book replaces the traditional, homogeneous historical narrative of Israeli literature with a diversity of voices, a multiplicity of origins, and a wide range of different perspectives. In doing so, it will provoke researchers in a wide range of cultural fields to look at the rich traditions that underlie it in new and fresh ways.


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Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel

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Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
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ISBN 13 : 0748655700
Pages : 256 pages
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Download Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel PDF Format Full Free by Wen-chin Ouyang and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 2013-01-21 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Uncovers the politics of nostalgia and madness inherent in the Arabic novel. The Arabic novel has taken shape in the intercultural networks of exchange between East and West, past and present. Wen-chin Ouyang shows how this has created a politics of nostalgia which can be traced to discourses on aesthetics, ethics and politics relevant to cultural and literary transformations of the Arabic speaking world in the 19th and 20th centuries. She reveals nostalgia and madness as the tropes through which the Arabic novel writes its own story of grappling with and resisting the hegemony of both the state and cultural heritage.