The Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture, 1st Edition

  • Dwight F. Reynolds
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  • ISBN-10: 1316308251
  • ISBN-13: 9781316308257
  • DDC: 909
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released January 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
The Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture.
Cambridge Companions to Culture.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
A Note on Terminology and Transliteration.
1: Modern Arab Culture: Introductory Remarks.
2: The Question of Language.
3: Ethnic and Religious Minorities.
4: Nahda: the Arab Project of Enlightenment.
5: Law.
6: Poetry.
7: Narrative.
8: Music.
9: Cinema and Television.
10: Theater.
11: Art.
12: Architecture.
13: Humor.
14: Folklore.
15: Food and Cuisine.
16: Migration and Diaspora.
Guide to Further Reading.