Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition, Annotated Guide Ebook

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Language: English
Publication Date: June 2002
Pages: 39
File Size: 386 Kbytes

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Autobiography is a literary genre which Western scholarship has ascribed mostly to Europe and the West. Countering this assessment and presenting many little-known texts, this comprehensive work demonstrates the existence of a flourishing tradition in Arabic autobiography. Interpreting the Self discusses nearly one hundred Arabic autobiographical texts and presents thirteen selections in translation. The authors of these autobiographies represent an astonishing variety of geographical areas, occupations, and religious affiliations. This pioneering study explores the origins, historical development, and distinctive characteristics of autobiography in the Arabic tradition, drawing from texts written between the ninth and nineteenth centuries c.e. The annotated guide contains a bibliography 130 premodern Arabic autobiographical texts.


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