The Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature is an authoritative reference source on the most important authors, works, genres, key terms, concepts and issues in the Arabic literary tradition. The Encyclopedia covers the classical (pre-Islamic to 1258), transitional (1258-1798) and modern periods within a single work. In over 1300 separately-authored entries, many of the world's experts combine current research with traditional study to provide authoritative analysis and commentary on a wide range of areas. These include major authors, important works, and a variety of literary terms. Also covered are forms such as poetry, drama and newspaper writing and key critical concepts of Arabic literature. Structure: Entries are followed by pertinent suggestions of secondary and critical literature and the biographical entries include references to some of the writers' major works and translations. The Encyclopedia is alphabetically organised and fully indexed across the two volumes to allow the user to access information quickly and easily, and contains a glossary.
Special Features: * Combines both classical and modern Arabic literature in one work * Includes diacritics * Broad geographical scope includes Africa, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, Spain and Turkey * Contains chronological tables of the dynasties Contents include al-Aqqad, Abbas Mahmud * Autobiography * Beirut (modern) * Cairo * Dialect in literature * Epic Poetry * Grammar and grammarians * al-Hilal * Humour * Idris, Suhayl * Koran * Legends of the Elders * Literature and the Visual Arts * Mahfuz, Najib * Masks and Masquerades * Mirrors for Princes * Mukhannathun * Nabati poetry * Newspapers * Poetic Contests * Printing and Publishing * Qasida * al-Samman, Ghada * Satire * Sindbad * Sufism * Tuqan, Fadwa * Yemen * Ziyada, Mayy. (selected) Mona Amyuni, American University of Beirut; CE Bosworth, University of Manchester; Elton Daniel, University of Hawaii; Ed de Moor, Nijmegen University, Nether
Julie Scott Meisami studied Arabic, Persian and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. From 1971 to 1980 she lived and taught in Tehran, Iran, and from 1980 to 1985 at Berkeley. Since July 1985 she has been Lecturer in Persian at the University of Oxford. Her research centres on medieval Arabic and Persian poetry and poetics and historiography. She is co-editor of Edebiyat^: The Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures.
Paul Starkey worked as Librarian in the Middle Eastern section at the University of Durham before becoming Lecturer in Arabic there in 1989. His main research interest is in modern Egyptian prose literature; his study of Tawfiq al-Hakim entitled From the Ivory Tower was published in 1988, and he is currently working on a study of the contemporary Egyptian novel. He is a former editor of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.