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Title: The modern Arabic historical novel.
Author: El-Hazmi, Mansour Ibrahim.
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1966
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In order to present as complete as possible, a picture of the evolution of the modern Arabic historical novel in relation to political and cultural trends of Arab life, this study has been divided into three parts, each corresponding to a stage of development. The introduction defines the Arabic historical novel, retracing its roots to popular Arabic historical romances and Western models. In part one (The Emergence of the Arabic Historical Novel 1870-1914) chapter*one deals with contemporary political trends and the effect of the special position of the Christian Syrians on their choice of period and treatment of history, presenting Salim al-Bustan'i as the precursor of the genre. Chapter two treats of Jurji Zaidan as the founder of the genre, the influ4nees to which he was subjected and his literary views. Chapter three examines his influence o-n other historical novelists within the wider context of public taste. Chapter four discusses provincialism in the historical novel with special reference to the works of Ahmad Shawqi. In part two (Period of Decline 1914-1938), chapter one dissects the causes of the decline of the genre. Chapter two shows the influence of nationalism on the treatment of the historical theme and the conflict between commercialism and the artistic trend, while chapter three presents Niqula al-Vaddad, Abu Vad'id's "Ibnat al-Mamlýiklls Ibrahhim RamzT and Alýmad Khairl Salid as the exponents of the main tendencies. Part three (Revival 1939-1963)2 chapter one examines the socio-political factors of the revival of the genre, the causes of its impermanence, and the amalgamation of nationalism and humanism in the treatment of national history. Chapter two deals with three technical trends in the historical novel of this period, the "antiquarians", the "stylists" and the "analysts". Chapter three treats of Abu Hadid Ba Kathir and NajiIb Mahfuz; as the representative "analysts".
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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