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Studying Modern Arabic LiteratureMustafa Badawi, Scholar and Critic$
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Roger Allen and Robin Ostle

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696628

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696628.001.0001

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From the Shadow Plays of Ibn Daniyal to the Poetry of Philip Larkin: Mustafa Badawi as Editor and Translator

From the Shadow Plays of Ibn Daniyal to the Poetry of Philip Larkin: Mustafa Badawi as Editor and Translator

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(p.55) 4 From the Shadow Plays of Ibn Daniyal to the Poetry of Philip Larkin: Mustafa Badawi as Editor and Translator
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Studying Modern Arabic Literature
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Derek Hopwood

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696628.003.0005

This chapter focuses on Mustafa Badawi's career as editor and translator. It discusses two works with which Badawi was connected, and both of which demonstrate his deep concern with and interest in language and with making works of literature available to the Arabic reading public: the shadow plays of Ibn Daniyal and the poetry of Philip Larkin. Badawi believed that Ibn Daniyal's plays played an essential role in the formation of Arabic drama. He analysed three of them: Tayf alkhayal, ʻAjib wa-gharib and al-Mutayyam wa'l-yutayyim. As for Larkin, Badawi's interest in him stemmed from his early days in England and in the poetry of T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden and others. Badawi published his translation of Larkin, Mukhtarat (Selections), in Cairo in 1998. He translated sixty of the 245 items in The Collected Poems of Larkin.

Keywords:   editor, translator, Mustafa Badawi, shadow plays, Ibn Daniyal, poetry, Philip Larkin, Arabic drama, Mukhtarat, The Collected Poems

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