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Arabic literature: Books

A selection of resources focusing on Arabic literature

Arabic Novels in English translation*

Abū, Zayd L, and Elizabeth W. Fernea. Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman's Journey Toward Independence, and Other Stories. Austin, Tex: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1989. Print.

ʻAlī, Idrīs, and Peter Theroux. Dongola: A Novel of Nubia. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1998. Print.

Aswānī, ʻAlāʼ, and Humphrey T. Davies. The Yacoubian Building. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006. Print.

Barakāt, Hudá, and Marilyn Booth. Disciples of Passion. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005. Internet resource.

Barakāt, Hudá. The Stone of Laughter: A Novel. New York: Interlink Books, 1995. Print.

Barghūthī, Murīd, and Ahdaf Soueif. I Saw Ramallah. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2000. Print.

Ghı̄tānı̄, Jamāl. Zayni Barakat. London: Viking / King Penguin, 1988. Print.

Ḥabībī, Imīl, and Peter Theroux. Saraya, the Ogre's Daughter: A Palestinian Fairy Tale. Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2006. Print.

Ḥabībī, Imīl, Salma K. Jayyusi, and Gassick T. Le. The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist. New York: Interlink Books, 2001. Print.

Ibrāhīm, Ṣunʻ A, Robyn Cresswell, and Ṣunʻ A. Ibrāhīm. That Smell, and: Notes from Prison. New York: New Directions Pub, 2013. Print.

Ibrāhīm, Ṣunʻ A, Germain M. S. St, and Charlene Constable. The Committee: A Novel. Syracuse, N.Y: Syracuse University Press, 2001. Print.

Ibrāhīm, Ṣunʻ A, and Anthony Calderbank. Zaat. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2001. Print.

Jabrā, Jabrā I., Roger Allen, and Adnan Haydar. In search of Walid Masoud : a novel. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2000. Print

Jabrā, Jabrā I. The Ship. Washington, D.C: Three Continents Press, 1985. Print.

Kanafānī, Ghassān, and Hilary Kilpatrick. Men in the Sun & Other Palestinian Stories. Boulder, Colorado : Lynne Rienner, 1999. Print.

Khāl, ʻAbduh, Maia Tabet, and Michael K. Scott. Throwing Sparks. Doha, Qatar : Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2014. Print.

Kharrāṭ, Idwār. City of Saffron. London: Quartet, 1989. Print.

Khūrī, Ilyās, and Humphrey T. Davies. Gate of the Sun. Brooklyn, N.Y: Archipelago Books, 2006. Print.

Khūrī, Ilyās, and Paula Haydar. The Kingdom of Strangers. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1996. Print.

Khūrī, Ilyās, and Peter Theroux. Yalo. Brooklyn, NY: Archipelago Books, 2008. Print.

Kūnī, Ibrāhīm, May Jayyusi, and Christopher Tingley. The Bleeding of the Stone. Northampton : Interlink Books,, 2013. Print.

Kūnī, Ibrāhīm, and Elliott Colla. Gold Dust. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2008. Print.

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb, and Tagreid Abu-Hassabo. Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth. New York: Anchor Books, 2000. Print.

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb. Palace of Desire. New York: Doubleday, 1991. Print.

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb, and Najīb Maḥfūẓ. Palace Walk. New York: Doubleday, 1990. Print.

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb, William M. Hutchins, and Anzhīl B. Samʻān. Sugar Street. New York : Doubleday, 1992. Print.

Mosteghanemi, Ahlem, and Raphael Cohen. The Bridges of Constantine. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. Print.

Munīf, ʻAbd -R, and Peter Theroux. Cities of Salt: A Novel. New York: Random House, 1987. Print.

Naṣr, Allāh I, and Nancy N. Roberts. The Lanterns of the King of Galilee. Cairo ; New York : The American University in Cairo Press, 2014. Print.

Ṣāliḥ, al-Ṭayyib, Denys Johnson-Davies, and Laila Lalami. Season of Migration to the North. New York : New York Review of Books, , 2009. Print. 

Ṣāliḥ, al-Ṭayyib. The Wedding of Zein & Other Stories. London: Heinemann Educational, 1969. Print.

Sammān, Ghādah. Beirut Nightmares. London: Quartet Books, 1997. Print.

Sammān, Ghādah, and Issa J. Boullata. The Square Moon: Supernatural Tales. Fayetteville, Ark: University of Arkansas Press, 1998. Print.

Sammān, Ghādah, and Nancy N. Roberts. The Night of the First Billion: A Novel. Syracuse, N.Y: Syracuse University Press, 2005. Print.

Shaykh, Ḥanān. Women of Sand and Myrrh. New York : Anchor Books, 1992. Print.

Ṭāhir, Bahāʼ, and Humphrey T. Davies. Sunset Oasis. London: Sceptre, 2009. Print.

Zaydān, Yūsuf, and Jonathan Wright. Azazeel. London : Atlantic Books, 2012. Print.

Zayyāt, Laṭīfah, and Marilyn Booth. The Open Door. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2000. Print.

*List compiled by Yusuf Ashmawi.

Arabic Novels in French translation*

Aswānī, ʻAlāʼ, and Gilles Gauthier. L'immeuble Yacoubian. Arles [France]: Actes Sud, 2006. Print.

Barakāt, Hudá, and François Zabbal. Les illuminés: roman. Arles [France]: Actes Sud, 1999. Print.

Kanafānī, Ghassān. Des hommes dans le soleil ; (suivi de) L'horloge et le désert ; (et) Oum-Saad la matrice: nouvelles. Paris : Sindbad, 1977. Print.

Kharrāṭ, Idwār. Alexandrie, terre de safran: roman. Paris: Julliard, 1990. Print.

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb. Passage des miracles. Paris: J. Martineau, 1970. Print.

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb, and Khaled Osman. Récits de notre quartier: roman. Paris: Sindbad, 1988. Print.

Maḥfūẓ, Najīb, and Najīb Maḥfūẓ. Le voleur et les chiens: roman. Paris: Sinbad, 1985. Print.

Ṣāliḥ, al-Ṭayyib, Abdelwahab Meddeb, and Fady Noun. Saison de la migration vers le Nord. Paris: Sindbad, 1972. Print.

Shaykh, Ḥanān, Maha Billacois, and Brigitte Tahhan. Femmes de sable et de myrrhe. Arles [France]: Actes Sud, 1995. Print.

*List compiled by Yusuf Ashmawi.

Arab Writers' Union selection of novels

Abdel-Malek, Kamal, and Hallaq, Wael B., eds. Tradition, Modernity, and Postmodernity in Arabic Literature : Essays in Honor of Professor Issa J. Boullata. Leiden, NLD: Brill Academic Publishers, 2000. ProQuest ebrary. Electronic resource.

Abudi, Dalya. Women and Gender: The Middle East and the Islamic World : Mothers and Daughters in Arab Women's Literature : The Family Frontier (1). Leiden, NL: Brill, 2010. ProQuest ebrary. Electronic resource.

Allen, Roger.  An Introduction to Arabic Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2000. Electronic resource.

Badawi, M. M., ed. Modern Arabic Literature. 1st ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Cambridge Histories Online. Electronic resource.

Badawi, Muḥammad M. A Short History of Modern Arabic Literature. Oxford [England: Clarendon Press, 1993. Print resource.

Boullata, Issa J, Kamal Abdel-Malek, and Wael B. Hallaq. Tradition, Modernity, and Postmodernity in Arabic Literature: Essays in Honor of Professor Issa J. Boullata. Leiden: Brill, 2000. Electronic resource.

Cachia, Pierre. Arabic Literature–An Overview. Taylor & Francis, 2002. Electronic resource.

Cohen-Mor, Dalya. Matter of Fate : the concept of fate in the Arab world as reflected in modern Arabic literature Cary, US: Oxford University Press (US), 2001. ProQuest ebrary. Electronic resource.

Cooke, Miriam. Women and the War StoryBerkeley:  University of California Press, 1996. Electronic resource.

Deguilhem, Randi, and Marin, Manuela, eds. Writing the Feminine : Women in Arab Sources. London, US: I.B.Tauris, 2002. ProQuest ebrary. Electronic resource.

Gelder, G J. H. Classical Arabic Literature: A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology. New York: New York University Press, 2013. Electronic resource.

Gunther, Sebastian. Ideas, Images, and Methods of Portrayal : Insights into Classical Arabic Literature and Islam. Leiden, NL: BRILL, 2005. ProQuest ebrary. Electronic resource.

Hartman, M.. Native Tongue, Stranger Talk: The Arabic and French Literary Landscapes of Lebanon. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014. Project MUSE. Electronic resource.

Neuwirth, Angelika, Andreas Pflitsch, and Barbara Winckler. Arabic Literature: Postmodern Perspectives. London: Saqi, 2010. Print resource.

Rice, Alison. Polygraphies : Francophone Women Writing Algeria. Charlottesville, US: University of Virginia Press, 2012. ProQuest ebrary. Electronic resource.

Starkey, Paul. Modern Arabic Literature. Edinburgh, GB: Edinburgh University Press, 2006. ProQuest ebrary. Electronic resource.

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