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Title: A Study of the Development of Early Arabic Drama 1847-1900.
Author: Al-Khozai, M. A.
ISNI:       0000 0000 8373 7155
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1978
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This thesis is concerned with the rise and development of early Arabic drama, from the year 1847 when Marun an-Naqqash wrote and produced the first play in Arabic to the year 1900 when Ahmad Abu Khalil al--Qabbani retired. It is a critical and analytical study of the works of four pioneering dramatists whose works are considered landmarks in the history of drama in Arabic. This study is mainly devoted to the art of drama as a literary genre* The emphasis is laid on the extant works of these writers, rather than on the annals of the Arab theatre or the activities and formation of diverse troupes. It consists of seven chapters. Chapter I takes the form of-an introduction and deals with the phenomenon of the absence of drama from Arab culture. It questions the various factors that led to this absence and discusses the conditions that later assisted the emergence of this art. Chapter II deals with the embryonic and indigenous forms of drama in Arabic culture and how the link between these primitive forms and the art of drama in Arabic was broken. Chapter III considers the works of the first-Arab playwright, Marun an-Naqqash. The works of this pioneer are studied in order to determine the extent of his indebtedness to foreign and local influences. Chapter IV is devoted to the works left by Syria's first dramatist, ash-Shaikh Ahmad Abu Khalll al-Qabbani. These are examined and evaluated by comparing them with their foreign originals. Chapter V studies the experiments of Yacqu-b Sann-Ur-, Egypt's pioneering dramatist who laid the basis of social critical comedy. His attitude on the question of the correct medium of expression for drama and his insistence on the use of the colloquial language led to the emergence of the problem of diglossia in Arabic drama. Chapter VI discusses the works of Muhammad cUthmýn Jalal and the trend of Egyptianisation initiated by him. Jalal's pieces are compared with their original sources, mainly French classical drama. In Chapter VII, the concluding remarks derived from this study of early Arabic drama are set down. Observations about the works of the early Arab dramatists and their relationship with the drama of the West are pointed out
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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