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formerly Studies in Arabic Literature
This series aims to publish literary critical and historical studies on a broad range of literary materials: classical and modern, written and oral, poetry and prose. It will also publish scholarly translations of major literary works. Studies that seek to integrate Middle Eastern literatures into the broader discourses of the humanities and the social sciences will take their place alongside works of a more technical and specialized nature.

The series published an average of one volume per year over the last 5 years.
Author: Clive Holes
Dialect, Culture, and Society in Eastern Arabia is a three-volume study of the Arabic dialects spoken in Bahrain by its older generation in the mid 1970s, and the socio-cultural factors that produced them.
Volume 1: Glossary, published in 2001, lists all the dialectal vocabulary, with extensive contextual exemplification, and cross-referenced to other lexica, which occurred in the complete set of texts recorded during fieldwork.
Volume 2: Ethnographic Texts presents a selection of these texts, transcribed, annotated and translated, and with detailed background essays, covering major aspects of the pre-oil culture of the Gulf and the initial stages of the transition to the modern era: pearl diving, agriculture, communal relations, marriage, childhood, domestic life, work. Excerpts from local dialect poems concerned with these subjects are also included.
Volume 3: Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Style is based on an extensive archive of recorded material, gathered for its ethnographic as well as its purely linguistic interest.
This Brill series is uniquely dedicated to publishing studies and editions of texts that explore a variety of Islamic writing as Islamic literature. The series considers the mechanics of Islamic literary styles as these have taken shape across major Islamic linguistic traditions, principally Arabic, Persian and Turkish, but also as they might extend to the religious writings of Islamic Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, China and Iberian Peninsula. The exploration of such literary compositions through their form, style and content assumes that they share a conceptual framework, a religious sensibility and certain structures of thought that may be said to be distinctly Islamic. The scope of the series allows for an examination of the literary aspects of key texts such as the Qur’an as well as the literary dynamics of a variety of subgenres ranging from Quranic commentaries, to Stories of the Prophets, Hadith compilations, poetry, belles-lettres, mi‘raj accounts and a variety of Sufi works.

From the Earliest Known Sources, Edited with Introduction and Notes: Scholarly Edition
Editor: Mahdi


Après une description de la tradition textuelle qui a conduit à la publication par Chavis et Cazotte dans leur Suite des Mille et une nuits, en 1788-1789, de l’histoire d’al-Bunduqānī, celle-ci est étudiée comme une pièce littéraire qui mêle des motifs anciens et nouveaux, et, plus particulièrement, qui introduit, pour la première fois, dans un contexte de pauvreté et de corruption généralisées, la figure du justicier moderne, armé et solitaire. Le calife Hārūn al-Rašīd assume ici ce rôle mais aussi celui de voleur, jetant le doute sur sa propre police et sa justice. Les manuscrits d’al-Bunduqānī, dont certains ont été retravaillés par Chavis, Sabbagh et Varsy, sont ensuite classés en deux familles et un projet de leur édition est proposé : une édition critique au format standard comparable à celle réalisée par Muhsin Mahdi ; une édition « fluide », suivant la théorie de John Bryant, sous forme de tableaux permettant de visualiser les transformations opérées en Europe, sur un texte arabe, afin de mieux l’intégrer aux Nuits et créer de nouvelles sources.

In: Arabica
In: Arabica