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date: 16 November 2019

(p. xi) Acknowledgments

(p. xi) Acknowledgments

My thanks go first to Brendan O’Neill, former Editor at Oxford University Press in New York, whose vision and enthusiasm made possible the launching of this project in early 2012. His successor Sarah Pirovitz and her team at OUP saw it through to publication, and Ælfwine Mischler compiled the index. The erudition and wisdom of Roger Allen, who was the first to call for a new historiography of the Arabic novel and with whom I discussed the idea of this Handbook on several occasions, played an important role in its crystallization. The skillful and conscientious work of Omar Qaqish, my outstanding research assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, greatly facilitated the planning phase in 2012–2013, and support from UIUC was crucial throughout. New York University Abu Dhabi, where I worked for a period of time on this volume, proved to be a uniquely hospitable place for research, exchange of ideas, and learning about the literatures of the Gulf region. The volume would not have been completed without the patience and dedication of every one of the thirty-six contributors who wrote its chapters—work done on six continents—or the valuable critiques of their numerous reviewers, who shall remain anonymous; my boundless gratitude to all of them. Special thanks to Roger Allen, Eduardo Coutinho, Stephanie Hilger, John Tofik Karam, and Luciano Tosta for insightful comments on chapters I wrote. Stephanie was tremendously supportive from the beginning of this work, and our Nayla’s arrival graced its conclusion. (p. xii)