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Where are the playboys?

Robert Irwin: The politics of Arab fiction

18 August 2005
Modern Arabic Fiction: An Anthology 
edited by Salma KhadraJayyusi.
Columbia, 1056 pp., £40, June 2005, 0 231 13254 9
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... Egypt from its novels; and the same would be true of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco and Algeria. In Salma KhadraJayyusi’s anthology, 727 pages are devoted to short stories and just 253 pages to extracts from novels. Muhammad al-Muwailihi (1858?-1930), Jurji Zaydan (1861-1914) and Tawfiq al-Hakim are among the earliest ...

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