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Literature and Nation in the Middle East

Yasir Suleiman and Ibrahim Muhawi


This study presents an original look at how ‘the nation’ is represented in the literature of the Middle East. It includes chapters on Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and Israel, drawing on the expertise of literary scholars, historians, political scientists and cultural theorists, and offers a synthesising contribution to knowledge, placing Arab literature within the context of emergent or conflicting nationalist projects in the area. Topics addressed include: the roles of literature and interpretation in defining national identity; exile; conflicting nationalisms; and conflict resoluti ... More

Keywords: national identity, exile, conflicting nationalisms, conflict resolution, textual analysis, rhetorical analysis, fiction, novel, poetry, verbal duelling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748620739
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yasir Suleiman, author

Ibrahim Muhawi, author