The Literary Heritage of the Arabs samples some of the finest literature produced by Arab writers in the last 1,500 years. The selection of poetry and prose spans many genres and styles, conveying the full range of Arab experiences and perspectives – from the tragic to the comic, the wistful to the mystical, the courtly to the lowly, and the Arab East to Andalusia.
The reader of this anthology will become aware of the extent to which this vibrant and distinctive literary heritage has always been both receptive to the currents from neighbouring cultures and influential in the evolution of other literary traditions, in South Asia, Western Europe and beyond. Thus, the reader will discover, behind local colours and different literary conventions, our common humanity.
About the Editor(s)
Suheil Bushrui is a distinguished author, poet, critic, translator, and particularly revered as an authority on the works of W.B. Yeats and Kahlil Gibran. The founder and current Director of UM's Kahlil Gibran Research and Studies Project, he is a senior research scholar at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland. Bushrui’s published work is extensive, in both English and Arabic. His most recent publications include The Prophet, The Ethical Dimensions of Science, Art, Religion, and Politics, The Spiritual Heritage of the Human Race: An Introduction and Kahlil Gibran: Man and Poet.
James M. Malarkey is a specialist on Middle Eastern and North African affairs. The Chair of Humanities and General Education at Antioch University Midwest, Malarkey has taught Anthropology at Antioch College, Cultural Studies at the American University of Beirut, Linguistics at the University of Constantine, Algeria, as well as World Classics at Antioch University McGregor.