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The Arab Writer in English

Arab Themes in a Metropolitan Language, 1908–1958

Geoffrey Nash is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland. He is the author of The Anglo-Arab Encounter: Fiction and Autobiography by Arab Writers in English; Writing Muslim Identity; and co-editor of Postcolonialism and Islam.

This book looks at the first generation of Arab British and Arab American writers to produce English writings in the earlier twentieth-century: Ameen Rihani, Khalil Jibran, George Antonius and Edward Atiyah. It theorises their work within the context of Arab nationalism, postcolonialism and the criticism of Edward Said.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-898723-84-4
Hardback Price: £25.00 / $59.95
Release Date: June 1998
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-193-1
Paperback Price: £25.00 / $34.95
Release Date: December 2014
Page Extent / Format: 184 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


Foreword by Miles L. Bradbury


1Ameen Rihani: Cross-Cultural Disclosures
2 Khalil Jibran: From Arab mahjar to Consumerist Prophet
3 Ameen Rihani: Pan-Arab Imaginings
4 Ameen Rihani: Decolonizing Arabia
5 George Antonius: Anglo-Arab Disjunction
6 Edward Atiyah: Language and Colonization
7 Edward Atiyah: The End of Anglo-Arab Politics
8 The Politics of Anglo-Arab Discourse

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Geoffrey Nash’s The Arab Writer in English and his The Anglo-Arab Encounter…together offer the most detailed study to date of Arab British literature.
Professor Wail S. Hassan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

By the end … the reader… feels their perspective on Middle East history and writing has been extended…Overall Nash builds a sensitive, engaged, and highly intelligent awareness of his subject.
Dr Howard J. Booth, Manchester University

All who are interested in the varieties and complexities of the relationship between the Arab world and the West in the twentieth century should consult it and ponder the issues that it so provocatively raises.
From the Foreword by Miles L. Bradbury, University of Maryland

An innovative book which will be of great interest to anyone working in comparative literature or post-colonialism.
Professor Susan Bassnett, Centre for British & Comparative Cultural Studies, The University of Warwick

Nash examines the English writings of four 20th-century Arab writers, all of whom were Lebanese Christians but, with one exception, lived outside of Lebanon. They inherited the mantle of cultural mediation from generations of Arab Christians, he says, but instead of mediating Western culture to Arab Asia as their predecessors had done, they mediated Arab culture and political concerns to the West. The writers are Ameen Rihani, Khalil Jibran, George Antonius, and Edward Atiyah.

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