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Yemen  

Mark Wagner

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Oct 2017
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Aug 2017
This chapter focuses on the development of the novel genre in Yemen. The novelistic form has taken a relatively long time to emerge in Yemen, but since 1992 Yemeni writers have produced a ... More

Women and the Emergence of the Arabic Novel  

Marilyn Booth

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Oct 2017
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Women’s engagement in producing the early Arabic novel goes beyond authorship: it involves readership, girls’ education, venues, sensitivities, and gender difference as a topic in public ... More

The United States  

Carol N. Fadda

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This chapter discusses the history of the Arab American novel, which dates back to the early part of the twentieth century. Since the 1990s, the genre has been flourishing at a rapid pace. ... More

The United Arab Emirates  

Rehab al-Kilani

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Oct 2017
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This chapter focuses on the development of the novel genre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It begins with a background on the founding of the Union and the beginnings of Emirati ... More

Tunisia  

Douja Mamelouk

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Oct 2017
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This chapter focuses on the development of the novel genre in Tunisia. In 1881, Tunisia was transferred from Ottoman rule to French Protectorate, with important implications for the ... More

Translations and Adaptations from the European Novel, 1835–1925  

Samah Selim

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Oct 2017
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This chapter examines translations and adaptations of the European novel into Arabic during the period 1835–1925. More specifically, it considers the ways in which the novel and its ... More

Toward a Theory of the Arabic Novel  

Waïl S. Hassan

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This chapter traces the genealogy of the Arabic theory of novel to its English sources, which it locates in the context of twentieth-century European theories of the novel. It first ... More

A Thousand and One Nights and the Novel  

Richard van Leeuwen

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Oct 2017
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This chapter examines the influence of Alf layla wa layla (A Thousand and One Nights), the ingenious Arabic cycle of stories, on the development of the novel as a literary genre. It shows ... More

Syria  

Alexa Firat

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Oct 2017
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This chapter examines the origins of the novel genre in Syria. Approximately eighteen novels by “Syrians” were published between 1865 and the 1930s, but only a limited number would have a ... More

Sweden  

Corina Lacatus

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Oct 2017
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This chapter examines novels of migration written in Swedish by authors with roots in Arab countries. Focusing on three autobiographical novels, the chapter shows that migration literature ... More

Sudan and South Sudan  

Xavier Luffin

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Oct 2017
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This chapter examines the development of the novel genre in Sudan and South Sudan. After discussing the beginnings of the Sudanese novel up to the early 1990s, it considers works that ... More

Sub-Saharan Africa  

Xavier Luffin

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Oct 2017
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This chapter examines the development of the novel genre in Somalia, Chad, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal. It begins with a discussion of the use of Arabic in sub-Saharan Africa and the ... More

Spain  

Gonzalo Fernández Parrilla and Laura Casielles

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Oct 2017
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Aug 2017
This chapter traces the origins of Moroccan literature written in Spanish. Two parallel phenomena have nourished the writing of Arab authors in Spanish during the last two decades: the ... More

Saudi Arabia  

Moneera al-Ghadeer

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Oct 2017
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This chapter discusses the development of the novel genre in Saudi Arabia. The early novels in Saudi Arabia were not considered a form of entertainment and had limited readership because, ... More

Qatar  

Mohammad Mostafa Saleem

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This chapter discusses the beginnings of the novelistic tradition in Qatar, as well as the achievements of the Qatari novel during 1993–2015. It begins with an overview of the conditions ... More

Palestine  

Ibrahim Taha

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Oct 2017
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This chapter discusses the beginnings of the novelistic tradition in Palestine. It first provides a brief historical overview of the Palestinian novel before discussing the three major ... More

Oman  

Barbara Michalak-Pikulska and Waïl S. Hassan

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Oct 2017
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This chapter traces the origins of the novelistic tradition in Oman. It first considers the history of prose writing in Oman, focusing on the undisputed pioneer of Omani fiction, ‘Abd ... More

The Novel and the Maqāma  

Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila

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Oct 2017
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This chapter examines the influence of the maqāma, a short, often comic tale written in rhymed prose, on the modern Arabic novel. The maqāma and the novel share a number of features, ... More

The Netherlands  

Henriette Louwerse

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Oct 2017
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This chapter examines the development of Arab Dutch writing in The Netherlands over the past two decades, dating back to the presentation of the first Dutch poet of Moroccan descent, ... More

Morocco  

Gonzalo Fernández Parrilla

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Oct 2017
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This chapter traces the origins of the novel genre in Morocco. It first considers the novel as a reflection of the variety and complexity of Moroccan society and continues with an overview ... More

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