The Arabic Literary Heritage: The Development of Its Genres and Criticism

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 17, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 437 pages
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The Arabic Literary Heritage describes a cultural tradition of literary texts in Arabic from the fifth century A.D. to the present day. After two preliminary chapters on principles and contexts, there are chapters devoted to the Qu'ran as literature, poetry, belles-lettrist prose, drama, and criticism. The volume as a whole, which contains extensive quotations in English translation, a chronology and a guide to further reading, makes a major non-Western literary tradition newly accessible to students and scholars in the West.

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Allen is professor of Arabic language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

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