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The Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture

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Dwight F. Reynolds, Kristen Brustad, Andrew D. Magnusson, Yoav Di-Capua, Joseph E. Lowry, Shawkat M. Toorawa, Muhsin Al-Musawi, Scott Marcus, Andrew Hammond, Dina Amin, Nuha N. N. Khoury, Nasser Rabbat, Devin Stewart, Juan E. Campo, Magda Campo, Christina Civantos
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  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521725330

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  • Dwight F. Reynolds brings together a collection of essays by leading international scholars to provide a comprehensive and accessible survey of modern Arab culture, from the early nineteenth to the twenty-first century. The chapters survey key issues necessary to any understanding of the modern Arab World: the role of the various forms of the Arabic language in modern culture and identity; the remarkable intellectual transformation undergone during the 'Nahda' or 'Arab Renaissance' of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the significant role played by ethnic and religious minorities, and the role of law and constitutions. Other chapters on poetry, narrative, theatre, cinema and television, art, architecture, humour, folklore, and food offer fresh perspectives and correct negative stereotypes that emerge from viewing Arab culture primarily through the lens of politics, terrorism, religion, and economics.

    • Explores critical areas of Arab culture not covered in other volumes such as Arab humour, folklore, cuisine, law, and the role of ethnic and religious minorities
    • Brings together essays by leading international scholars along with a chronology, glossary and guide to further reading
    • Corrects many negative stereotypes that emerge from viewing Arab culture primarily through the lens of politics, terrorism, religion and economics
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    "The Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture represents a foundational text for anyone, seasoned scholar or casual devotee, with an interest in Middle Eastern societies."
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    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521725330
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Modern Arab culture: introductory remarks Dwight F. Reynolds
    1. The question of language Kristen Brustad
    2. Religious and ethnic minorities Andrew D. Magnusson
    3. Nahda: the Arab project of enlightenment Yoav Di-Capua
    4. Law Joseph E. Lowry
    5. Poetry Shawkat M. Toorawa
    6. Narrative Mushin Al-Musawi
    7. Music Scott Marcus
    8. Cinema and television Andrew Hammond
    9. Theatre Dina Amin
    10. Art Nuha N. N. Khoury
    11. Architecture Nasser Rabbat
    12. Humour Devin Stewart
    13. Folklore Dwight F. Reynolds
    14. Food and cuisine Juan E. Campo and Magda Campo
    15. Migration and diaspora Christina Civantos
    Glossary
    Guide to further reading
    Index.

  • Editor

    Dwight F. Reynolds, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Dwight F. Reynolds is Professor of Arabic Language and Literature in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition (1995), Arab Folklore: A Handbook (2007), co-author and editor of Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition (2001), and co-editor of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Volume 6: The Middle East (2002).

    Contributors

    Dwight F. Reynolds, Kristen Brustad, Andrew D. Magnusson, Yoav Di-Capua, Joseph E. Lowry, Shawkat M. Toorawa, Muhsin Al-Musawi, Scott Marcus, Andrew Hammond, Dina Amin, Nuha N. N. Khoury, Nasser Rabbat, Devin Stewart, Juan E. Campo, Magda Campo, Christina Civantos

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