<b>Arabic Thresholds: Sites of Rhetorical Turn in Contemporary Scholarship, edited by Muhsin J. al-Musawi</b>


  • Amidu Olalekan Sanni Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos-Nigeria & Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies


https://doi.org/10.12730/13091719.2013.42.89 Arabic Thresholds: Sites of Rhetorical Turn in Contemporary Scholarship, edited by Muhsin J. al-Musawi (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2009), xvii + 339 pp., ISBN: 978-90-04-17689-8, â¬165.00 / $220.00 (hb) (First paragraph) This is a felicitation volume (Festschrift) whose contents originally appeared as articles in two issues of the Journal of Arabic Literature (38/3 [2007]; and 39/1 [2008]) in honour of Jaroslav Stetkevych, the iconic scholar of Arabic studies and critical thoughts. These contributions by friends, colleagues, and old students, which are underlined by a common subscription to the doctrine of a rhetorical shift in the humanities and dialogue with social science methodologies, cover the wide spectrum of Stetkevych´s intellectual interests. These include advocacy for a review of old `Orientalism,´ classical Arabic literary tradition, Andalusian poetry, Francophone literature, translation, the nexus between architecture and poetry, Sufism, and comparative studies. These are the subject matters covered in this volume. Roger Allen (pp. 1-15) identifies some of the principal issues which are in-volved in the parameters for periodizing the Arabic literary history as applied to the Arabic novel. The confusion over placing the `crude´ or informal antecedents into the category of formal narrative categories is mentioned as a key problem. In his view, the nature of generic change which has come to pass since the 19th century has not been fully digested by the scholarly community in its attitude towards modernity, hence the inability, if not the failure to classify rightly, the fictional writings of the pre-Modern period. Allen therefore calls for a different approach to the fictional writings of that period in light of current trends. Muhsin al-Musawi (pp. 17-51) discusses the popular narrative in the ʿAbbāsid era in the context of readership and distribution techniques, and analyzes the theoretical and anecdotal values of authors and works such as al-Qāḍī Abū ʿAlī al-Tanūkhī´s (d. 384/995), Nishwār al-muḥāḍara, Ibn Ṭufayl´s (d. 581/1185) Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān, and Ibrāhīm b. ʿAlī al-Ḥuṣrī´s (d. 413/1022) Jamʿ al-jawāhir, the last being the most analyzed in detail by him...


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How to Cite

Sanni, A. O. (2014). <b>Arabic Thresholds: Sites of Rhetorical Turn in Contemporary Scholarship, edited by Muhsin J. al-Musawi</b>. Ilahiyat Studies: A Journal on Islamic and Religious Studies, 4(2), 262–266. Retrieved from https://ilahiyatstudies.org/index.php/journal/article/view/190



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