Publications of Al-Bagdadi, N.
Registers of Arabic Literary History
The article explores the history of Arabic literature and the impact of globalization on its historiography. The author contends that Arab scholars, poets, and critics of the early Islamic period were concerned with literature as a distinct form of communication. Other topics include literary canons as histories, Arab authors, the geography and spatial boundaries of Islamic civilization, and imperialism.
Mapping the gaze : vision and visuality in classical Arab civilisation
Special issue of "The medieval history journal". (Vol. 9, no. 1.)
The Other Eye : Sight and Insight in Arabic Classical Dream Literature
The famous and vast body of Arab dream literature offers a very rich historical and systematic source for the study of indices, symbols and other visual indicators. While this oneiric literature has always attracted much attention to this world of dreams, their visual dimension has remained rather neglected. This article looks at one of the fundamental elements of the dream, namely its transposition from the visual to the oral and/or written, the only way, as J.C. Schmitt has underlined, by which we can know of dreams. Thus at the centre of this article stands the relationship between the visual aspect of the dream and the forms of its non-visual representation.
From Heaven to Dust : Metamorphosis of the Book in Pre-modern Arab Culture
Few objects in pre-modern Arab Culture have generated stronger expressions of veneration than the book, sacred and profane. From the idea of the Book, the immaterial yet physical presence of the Qur'an, to its presence for the book culture—of commentary, of traditions and encyclopedias— and of Islamic universities and private libraries, the book played a significant role in the transmission and dissemination of knowledge. As an object in daily life it triggered a code of conduct vis-à-vis its special status. If the 'aura' around the manuscript book delayed the introduction of the printing press to early eighteenth century, the large number of books still written and copied defies the assumption of the printed book as the chief means of dissemination of knowledge. The moveable print set a caesura in the life of the book.
Book review : Iraq : Its History, People, and Politics
This article reviews the book "Iraq : Its History, People and Politics" edited by Shams C. Inati.
Book review : La crise religieuse des écrivains syro-libanais chretiens de 1825 à 1940
This article reviews the book "La crise religieuse des écrivains syro-libanais chretiens de 1825 à 1940" by Jean Fontaine.
The Cultural Function of Fiction : From the Bible to Libertine Literature : Historical Criticism and Social Critique in Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq
Examines Ahmad Faris Al-Sidyaq's writings from the late 1840s to the middle of 1850s during which he worked on his Bible translations, wrote the Gospel critique and published the first Arab novel. Association of Christianity with modernity; Origins and links between Al-Sidyaq's writings; Criticisms of his novel `al-Saq 'ala l-Saq fi ma huwa l-Faryaq'; Cognitive and literary perceptions in the novel.
Book review : Arabische Erzählungen der Gegenwart
This article reviews the book "Arabische Erzählungen der Gegenwart" by Erdmute Heller and Hassouna Mosbahi.
Book review : Jūsuf Idrīs (1927-1991) : Identitätskrise und gesellschaftlicher Umbruch
This article reviews the book "Jūsuf Idrīs (1927-1991) : Identitätskrise und gesellschaftlicher Umbruch" by Brigitta Ryberg.
Großstadtreflexionen in der Nasser-Ära : Metropolis und Verbrechen in Nagib Mahfuz' al-Liss wa'l-kilab
Literary Reflections in the Nasser-Era: Metropolis and Crime in Najib Mahfuz' al-Liss wa'l-kilab.