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Exploring Arab Folk Literature$
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Pierre Cachia

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640867

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.001.0001

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Elite Treatment of Honour Crimes in Modern Egypt

Elite Treatment of Honour Crimes in Modern Egypt

(p.214) 18 Elite Treatment of Honour Crimes in Modern Egypt
Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Pierre Cachia

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the elite treatment of honour crimes in modern Egypt. It focuses on the ways and mechanisms in which elite literature has departed or distanced itself from the traditions and practices of honour crimes that prevailed in folk literature. It takes a look at Tāhā Husayn's Du al-Karawān; Tawfīq al-Hakīm's Uxniyat al-Mawt; and Najīb Surūr's Minēn ajīb Nā. Even leading modernists like Tāhā Husayn looked upon colloquial forms of Arabic as debased. Most Arab writers of the twentieth century saw themselves not only as artists but also as agents of cultural and social reform, and shied away from themes that struck them as trivial or reactionary.

Keywords:   Arab elite, colloquial forms, honour crimes, modern Egypt, elite literature, folk literature, Tāhā Husayn, Tawfīq al-Hakīm, Najīb Surūr

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