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Z. Elmarsafy, Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel

Z. Elmarsafy, Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel

Publié le par Vincent Ferré (Source : Ziad Elmarsafy)

Compte rendu publié dans Acta fabula (janvier 2014, vol. 15, n° 1) : "Que fait le soufisme à « la pensée du roman » ?" par Bénédicte Letellier.




Ziad Elmarsafy, Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel

Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.

EAN 9780748641406.

£ 65.00. 

256 p.
(Distributed in North America by Columbia University Press).

Présentation de l'éditeur :

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.


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