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date: 11 December 2019

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This chapter examines the development of the novel in Eritrea. It begins with a discussion of literary languages used by Eritrean authors, including Tigrinya, Tigre, and Arabic. It then turns to Muḥammad Sa‘īd Nāwid, the author of the first Eritrean novel in Arabic, and other authors who focused on the independence war. It also explores novels that deal with new themes such as migration, politics and social issues, and genres such as the historical novel, along with works that include references to Arab culture and Islamic identity. Finally, it considers the fiction of female writer Ḥanān Muḥammad Ṣ āliḥ.

Keywords: Eritrean novel, Eritrea, literary language, Eritrean authors, independence war, historical novel, Arab culture, Islamic identity

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