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Arabic Belles Lettres

Edited by Joseph E. Lowry and Shawkat M. Toorawa


Arabic Belles Lettres brings together ten studies that shed light on important questions in the study of Arabic language, literature, literary history, and writerly culture.

The volume is divided into three sections. Early Narratives comprises: Joseph Lowry on the Qurʾan's allusive legal language; Abed el-Rahman Tayyara on matrilineal lineages in the context of Badr and Uhụd; Ruqayya Khan on the ramifications of public courtship in ʾUdhrī romances; and Philip Kennedy on firāsah (reading for signs and traces) in medieval narrative. Medieval Authors comprises: Shawkat Toorawa on ʿUbaydallāh ibn Aḥmad ibn Abī Ṭāhir's History of Baghdād; Maurice Pomerantz and Bilal Orfali on Ibn Fāris and the origins of the maqāmah genre; Everett Rowson on al-Tawḥīdī and his predecessors (a reprint of his 1996 ZDMG article); and Ghayde Ghraowi on al-Khafājī and his Rayḥānat al-alibbāʾ. Modern Egypt comprises: Roger Allen on a cultural controversy in the Cairo newspapers of 1902; and Devin Stewart on preposterous boasting and ingenuity in on modern Egyptian Arabic.

Arabic Belles Lettres

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    RAIS vol. 10

    220 pages

    7 x 10 inches

    978-1-948488-10-5 (paperback)

    978-1-948488-11-2 (PDF)

    September 2019

  • Table of Contents

    Editors’ Preface



    Early Narratives


    Reading the Qurʾan as a Law Book: Legislation, Language, and Allusion in
Islam’s Scripture Joseph E. Lowry

    Matrilineal Lineages as a Signi er of Social Links in the Context of Badr and Uḥud
 Abed el-Rahman Tayyara

    Rhapsody, Revelation, and the Coming Out of the Beloved: Majnūn Laylā and the
ʿUdhrī Romances
 Ruqayya Y. Khan

    The Rational, Irrational, and Recognition: Firāsah, Detection, and the Uncanny
Atavism of Kinship in Some Medieval Arabic Narratives
 Philip F. Kennedy


    Medieval Authors


    ʿUbayd Allāh Ibn Aḥmad Ibn Abī Ṭāhir and His (Continuation of His
Father’s) History of Baghdād Shawkat M. Toorawa

    Ibn Fāris and the Origins of the Maqāmah Revisited
 Maurice A. Pomerantz and Bilal W. Orfali

    The Philosopher as Littérateur: Al-Tawḥīdī and His Predecessors
 Everett K. Rowson

    Championing the Era: Approaching Al-Khafājī’s Rayḥānat Al-Alibbāʾ Ghayde Ghraowi

    Cairene Newspapers and Cultural Controversy: A Case from 1902 Roger Allen

    “We’re the Ones Who Made the Ants Stand in Line”: Preposterous
Boasts and the Ideology of Ingenuity in Egyptian Arabic Devin J. Stewart


    Principal Works of Everett K. Rowson, 1979–2018

    Contributors Index

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