A Brief Guide to Naguib Mahfouz and Modern Arabic Prose


Selected resources in print (with links to WorldCat*) and on the Internet.

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General Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature

  • Allen, Roger. The Arabic Literary Heritage: The Development of its Genres and Criticism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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  • Allen, Roger. The Arabic Novel: A Historical and Critical Introduction. 2nd edition. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995.
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  • Allen, Roger. An Introduction to Arabic Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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  • Badawi, M.M. A Short History of Modern Arabic Literature. Oxford: Clarendon, 1993.
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  • Beeston, A.F.L. and M. M. Badawi. Modern Arabic literature. The Cambridge history of Arabic literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
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  • Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature. Edited by Julie Scott Meisami and Paul Starkey. London ; New York: Routledge, 1998.
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  • Makar, Ragai N. Modern Arabic literature: a bibliography.Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, c1998.
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Naguib Mahfouz: Literary Context & Literary Criticism

  • Al Ghitani, Gamal. The Mahfouz Dialogs. New York: The American University of Cairo Press, 2007.
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  • Beard, Michael and Adnan Haydar. (eds.) Naguib Mahfouz: From Regional Fame to Global Recognition. Syracuse, N.Y: Syracuse University Press, 1993.
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  • El-Enany, Rasheed. Naguib Mahfouz: His Life and Times. Cairo, Egypt: The American University in Cairo Press, 2007.
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  • El-Enany, Rasheed. Naguib Mahfouz: The Pursuit of Meaning. London; New York: Routledge, 1993.
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  • Moosa, Matti. The Early Novels of Naguib Mahfouz. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1994. --via NetLibrary(Covering works though 1959.)
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  • Salmawi, Muhammad, Andy Smart, and Fouda-Smart, Nadia. The Last Station: Naguib Mahfouz looking back. Cairo; New York: The American University in Cairo Press, 2007.
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Naguib Mahfouz--In His Own Words: Articles, Interviews, & Lectures

Teaching Mahfouz & Modern Arabic Literature in the Classroom

Biographies & Bibliographies

E-Journals & Web Sites on Modern Arabic Literature

Suggested Further Reading

Modern Arabic Novels -- Classics

  • ʻĀ shū r, Raḍwá. Granada: A Novel. Trans. by William Granara. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2003.
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  • Habiby, Emile (Ḥabī bī, Imī l). The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist. Trans. by Salma Khadra Jayyusi and Trevor Le Gassick. Brooklyn, NY: Interlink Books, 2002.
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  • Ibrahim, Sonallah (Ibrā hī m, Ṣunʻ Allā h). The Committee: a Novel. Trans. by Mary St. Germain and Charlene Constable. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2001.
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  • Jabrā, Jabrā Ibrā hī m. In Search of Walid Masoud: A Novel. Trans. by Roger Allen, and Adnan Haydar. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2000.
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  • Kanafā nī, Ghassā n. Men in the Sun & Other Palestinian Stories. Trans. by Hilary Kilpatrick. Boulder, Colo: Lynne Rienner, 1999.
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  • Munī f, ʻAbd al-Raḥmā n. Cities of Salt. Trans. by Peter Theroux. New York: Vintage Books, 1989, c1987.
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  • Ṣā liḥ, al-Ṭayyib. Season of Migration to the North. New York: M. Kesend Pub., c1989.
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  • Shaykh, Ḥanā n. The Story of Zahra. New York: Anchor Books, 1994.
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Modern Arabic Novels -- Contemporary

  • Al Aswany, Alaa (Aswā nī, ʻAlā ʼ). The Yacoubian Building. Trans. by Humphrey Davies. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006.
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  • Ez-Eldin, Mansoura (ʻIzz al-Dī n, Manṣūrah). Maryam's Maze. Trans. by Paul Starkey. Cairo; New York: American University in Cairo Press, 2007.
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  • Mamdū ḥ, ʻĀ liyah and Marilyn Booth. The Loved Ones. New York: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, c2007.
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  • Mosteghanemi, Ahlem. Chaos of the Senses. Trans. by Baria Ahmar Sreih. Cairo; New York: American University in Cairo Press, 2004.
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  • Soueif, Ahdaf. In the Eye of the Sun. New York: Pantheon Books, 1993, c1992.
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  • Tamer, Zakaria. Hedgehog. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2009.
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Arabic Short Stories

  • Assassination of Light: Modern Saudi Short Stories. Edited and trans. by Abū Bakr Aḥmad Bā qā dir and Ava Molnar Heinrichsdorff. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1990.
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  • Johnson-Davies, Denys. Egyptian Short Stories. London: Heinemann Educational; Washington, D.C.: Three Continents, 1978.
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  • Hikayat: Short Stories by Lebanese Women. Edited by Roseanne Saad Khalaf. London: Telegram, 2006.
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  • Modern Syrian Short Stories. Trans. by Michel G. Azrak; revised by M. J. L. Young. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1988.
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  • Oranges in the Sun: Short Stories from the Arabian Gulf. Edited by Deborah S. Akers and Abū Bakr Aḥmad Bā qā dir. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, c2008.
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  • Qissat: Short Stories by Palestinian Women. Edited by Jo Glanville. London; San Francisco, Calif.: Telegram, 2006.
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  • Reader of Modern Arabic Short Stories. Edited by Ṣabrī Ḥā fiẓ and Catherine Cobham. London: Saqi Books, 1988.
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  • Shaheen, Mohammad (Shā hī n, Muḥammad). The Modern Arabic Short Story: Shahrazad Returns. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
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  • Under the Naked Sky: Short Stories from the Arab World. Edited & translated by Denys Johnson-Davies. Cairo; New York: American University in Cairo Press, c2000.
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Kaoukab Chebaro, Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian, Columbia University Libraries
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