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Dear H-Levant: Just out from Edinburgh University Press: _Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel_ (ISBN 9780748641406; publisher’s website: http://www.euppublishing.com/book/9780748641406) Abstract: This book explores the uses of Sufi ideas, language and themes in Arabic fiction from 1944 to the present. Although Sufi characters—saints, dervishes, wanderers—occur regularly in modern Arabic literature, a select group of novelists seeks to interrogate Sufism as a system of thought and language. In the work of writers like Naguib Mahfouz, Gamal Al-Ghitany, Taher Ouettar, Ibrahim Al-Koni, Mahmud Al-Mas’adi and Tayeb Salih we see a strong intertextual relationship with the Sufi masters of the past, including Al-Hallaj, Ibn Arabi, Al-Niffari and Al-Suhrawardi. This relationship becomes a means of interrogating the limits of the creative self, individuality, rationality and the manifold possibilities offered by literature, seeking in a dialogue with the mystical heritage a way of preserving a self under siege from the overwhelming forces of oppression and reaction that have characterized the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Table of Contents: Introduction: Ouverture Chapter One: Naguib Mahfouz: (En)chanting Justice Chapter Two: Tayeb Salih: The Returns of the Saint Chapter Three: Al-Masʿadī: Witnessing Immortality Chapter Four: The Survival of Gamal Al-Ghitany Chapter Five: Ibrahim Al-Koni: Writing and Sacrifice Chapter Six: Tahar Ouettar: The Saint and the Nightmare of History Epilogue: Bahaa Taher: Solidarity and Idealism Best wishes --Z --------------------------------------- Ziad Elmarsafy Graduate Chair, Department of English & Related Literature, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD UK Tel: +44 (0)1904 323342 Fax: +44 (0)1904 323372 E-mail: Grad Chair Business: email@example.com All Other Business: firstname.lastname@example.org