By Salma K. Jayyusi, Mansour al-Hazimi, Izzat Khattab
This assortment opens up the varied and wealthy modern literature of Saudi Arabia to an English-speaking viewers. Salma okay Jayyusi, Mansour al-Hazimi and Izzat Khattab have prepare a various number of poetry, brief tales, novel extracts, own money owed, drama and essays which supply a desirable perception into the demanding situations and tensions of a tradition that's delicately balancing the calls for of transformation whereas retaining onto hugely adored values and norms.
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Extra resources for Beyond The Dunes: An Anthology of Modern Saudi Literature
The 1950s and the 1960s witnessed some important new changes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which encouraged the emergence of the novel as an art form, distinct from the didactic novel of the previous period. On the educational front, the number of schools multiplied and colleges and universities were established. On the social front, the Kingdom drew closer together, and the main towns began to attract many Bedouins and villagers, not accustomed to city life previously. On the economic front, revenue from petrol began to flow and to enhance individual income and the life of the community.
Essay writing represented the spirit of the times and spoke on its behalf. It also played a critically important role in renewing styles of expression and composition and in making a break with the second rate literature of the preceding phases of decline. Those who led the movement of renewal and modernisation in poetry and story writing were some of the most prominent writers in the daily newspapers and in the weekly and monthly magazines. Some were professional journalists for much of their lives, in managerial and editorial capacities.
He constantly spoke of the loss of values, described his feelings of estrangement and the randomness of life. Shihata managed to express his philosophy in a rich and powerful language, free of affectation and full of vitality. The poets of this era were not just many in number; some were also prolific in output. Of them, we should mention: Muhammad Hasan Faqi (1914-2004), Tahir Zamakhshari (1914-1987), Hasan ‘Abdallah al-Qurashi (1926-2004) and Husain ‘Arab (1930-2002). The greater quantity of output adds nothing in terms of variety in the content, for content usually remained the same, and was repeated over and over again.
Beyond The Dunes: An Anthology of Modern Saudi Literature by Salma K. Jayyusi, Mansour al-Hazimi, Izzat Khattab