What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us : or, A Period of Time, Volume Two / Muhammad al-Muwaylihi; Roger Allen.
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- Library of Arabic Literature ; 60
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- With What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us, the Library of Arabic Literature brings readers an acknowledged masterpiece of early twentieth-century Arabic prose. Penned by the Egyptian journalist Muhammad al-Muwaylihi, this exceptional title was first introduced in serialized form in his family's pioneering newspaper Misbah al-Sharq (Light of the East), on which this edition is based, and later published in book form in 1907. Widely hailed for its erudition and its mordant wit, What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us was embraced by Egypt's burgeoning reading public and soon became required reading for generations of Egyptian school students.Bridging classical genres and the emerging tradition of modern Arabic fiction, What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us is divided into two parts, the second of which was only added to the text with the fourth edition of 1927. Sarcastic in tone and critical in outlook, the book relates the excursions of its narrator 'Isa ibn Hisham and his companion, the Pasha, through a rapidly Westernized Cairo at the height of British occupation, providing vivid commentary of a society negotiating-however imperfectly-the clash of imported cultural values and traditional norms of conduct, law, and education. The "Second Journey" takes the narrator to Paris to visit the Exposition Universelle of 1900, where al-Muwaylihi casts the same relentlessly critical eye on European society, modernity, and the role of Western imperialism as it ripples across the globe.Paving the way for the modern Arabic novel, What 'Isa ibn Hisham Told Us is invaluable both for its sociological insight into colonial Egypt and its pioneering role in Arabic literary history.
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Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 80, November 9, 1899
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 87, January 4, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 88, January 11, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 89, January 18, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 90, January 25, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 91, February 8, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 92, February 15, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 103, May 11, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 104, May 18, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 105, May 25, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 106, June 1, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 107, June 8, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 116, August 17, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 117, August 34, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 118, August 31, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 121, September 21, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 123, October 5, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 126, October 26, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 130, November 23, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 133, December 14, 1900
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 192, February 14, 1902
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 193, February 21, 1902
Miṣbāḥ al-sharq 196, March 14, 1902
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