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The City in Arabic Literature: Classical and Modern Perspectives

Nizar F. Hermes and Gretchen Head


This edited volume addresses the ways in which the city has been explored in works of literature by classical and modern ‘Arab’ authors from different theosophical and ideological backgrounds. Crucial to its organizing theoretical paradigm is its rejection of the stark rupture that most often separates the pre-modern and modern Arabic literary traditions. Instead, we view the entirety of the tradition as an evolving continuum, making our collection relevant to scholars of both classical and modern Arabic literature.

Keywords: Arabic literature, Arab city, literary geography, urban space, utopia/dystopia, Islamic city

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474406529
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406529.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nizar F. Hermes, editor
University of Virginia

Gretchen Head, editor
Yale-NUS College

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