Introduction to Arabic Literature

There is no one set characteristic of Arabic literature. There is a rich history of writing in the Arabic world, with a long history of beautiful poetry and eclectic modern novels that draw upon that poetic sensibility. From Egyptian satire to a Lebanese author’s exploration of a young women growing up to Sudanese novels pointedly challenging imperialism, the literature is as wide ranging as the region itself. Each unique author’s voice offers a different perspective just as the interpretation of our readers is based upon their experiences.

Books written in Arabic reflect both the classical form and a colloquial idiom which varies from country to country. Traditionally, classical Arabic was used for writing but this is slowly changing as many authors are using colloquial Arabic in their novels, especially in dialogues.

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