Best Literature & Fiction in Arabic in 2022

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If you want to read more literature in Arabic, you may want to explore some of the best books written in this language. The Common Mag has a special issue dedicated to new fiction from the Arab world, featuring twenty-four stories. On May 19th, they will host a celebration for issue 11 at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in New York. If you want to read more fiction in Arabic, you may also want to read one of these books: Jahiz, Muqaddimah, Hayat, and One Thousand and One Nights.


Edinburgh University Press will soon publish two self-contained guides for readers interested in al-Jahiz's literary works. One volume is devoted to the subject of bibliomania, while the second tackles the subject of bibliophobia. A celebrated bibliophile in the 'Abbasid era, al-Jahiz championed a writerly culture that was not common among pre-Islamic Arabians. The bibliomaniac and political commentator lived during the first century of the 'Abbasid caliphate and rubbed shoulders with leading intellectuals and religious figures. In this volume, we learn about his work and some of his most important influences.

Themes are prevalent in al-Jahiz's literary works. Many of these stories revolve around greed and greedy characters, and are funny and satiric. His satire is a fascinating study of human psychology, and the witty humor and cleverness of his characters are well received by readers. Jahiz's work continues to be published throughout the Arabic-speaking world, and is considered one of the most valuable works of the Middle Ages.

Al-Jahiz was an important Arabic writer, poet, and scholar. He is well known for his humorous works, such as "The Book of Misers", one of the earliest works of fiction written in the Arabic language. Prof. Serjeant's translation of Al-Jahiz's works has made these classic works of Arabic literature widely available for readers throughout the world.

Although Arabic literature is considered an important form of literary writing, it is often overlooked in the West. French authors dominate secondary scholarship. Historically, they were the dominant people in Orientalism and dominated literary material in nearly every part of the world. Despite this, the French have long ignored Arab francophone writers. Jahiz's Life and Works, translated by Pellat in 1969, are considered among the most important works in this field.


The Muqaddimah (literally, "Introduction") is a monumental work of Arab literature, written in 1377 by the great fourteenth century scholar Ibn Khaldun. This work outlines the early development of Islamic history and lays the foundations for many fields of knowledge, including economics, political theory, and Islamic theology. Many modern thinkers view this work as one of the earliest examples of social Darwinism.

This anthology is a great resource for students of the Arabic language. The selection is diverse, ranging from pre-Islamic tales to stories of famous characters. The volume also includes stories about war and religion, love, humor, and the strange. Many students may consider this book to be more of a poetry book than an Arabic-language anthology, but Jayyusi aims to please both the beginner and advanced student alike.

The genre of maqamah emerged from several trends that were already in place. The al-Jahiz movement influenced one of these trends, while al-Sahib ibn 'Abbad gathered the best writers of many fields to the court of Rayy, though his efforts were limited. Al-Tawhidi was also known for his ability to satirize the ruling elite.

Throughout history, some Arabic writers turned their attention to writing about society. For example, ibn al-Azraq wrote a history of Mecca. Others, like ibn Khaldun, focused on society. His Muqaddimah is considered to be the best Arabic history. In addition to history, Arabic literature has influenced many secular forms of writing.


Hayat Literature & Fiction in Arabic features the work of a young generation of writers who are developing a distinctive voice. In particular, the first volume of this series includes the novel The Sultan's Seal by Youssef Rakha. Published last year, Rakha's novel deserves to be regarded as a pioneer of Arabic literature, especially given the exceptional language he uses to create a compelling tale. Further, Rakha follows the notion of the novel as a literary entity, concerned with the production of thought and acting as the vessel for a literary philosophy.

The collection contains six novels published between July 2016 and June 2017. The first one, Flowers in Flames, is set in Sudan and depicts women as objects of pleasure. The second one, Baghdad Clock, focuses on a young Iraqi girl living in a war-torn city. The third novel, Heir of the Tombstones, explores life in Israel after the 1948 war and the plight of Palestinian refugees in the wake of the genocide.

The second volume of Hayat Literature & Fiction in Arabic is called Night Post and is on the shortlist of the International Prize for Arabic Writing (also known as the Arab Man Booker). The prize will be awarded to the best novel in the Arabic language. The shortlisted novels are published in English translation. The book is expected to be translated into other major languages. In the meantime, readers can enjoy the shortlists and read more about the authors and their works.

This anthology of modern Arabic fiction includes a wide range of works by Arab women. The project was the result of collaboration between the Palestinian-British publisher Saqi and Arab author Selma Dabbagh. It includes a diverse selection of prose and poetry by prominent Arab writers. This collection of fiction also highlights the formal inventiveness of Arab writers and reflects the modern life of the Arab people. In particular, it covers the resurgence of the oil economy, Islam and religion, as well as the Palestinian experience.

One Thousand and One Nights

The Arabian Nights in Arabic literature and fiction have many variations. The oldest surviving text dates from the 9th century A.D. and the first long text was not completed until the 1400s. Many stories from the Arabian Nights were included in later versions, but some were not. Scholars have identified Persian, Baghdadian, and Egyptian elements in the collection. The collection has been adapted for various languages. Some of the more popular stories from the English speaking world do not appear in the original Arabic version.

The One Thousand and 1 Nights are divided into five parts, each telling a story from the Arabian region. The general story is told in a narrator's voice and is then supplemented by the stories from other characters. The main story is told by Scheherazade, but there are also many stories from the Seven Viziers and The Ebony Horse. The stories are often adapted to fit into popular tale collections, including those by George Bernard Shaw and Jack London.

Each of the stories begins with the appearance of destiny. Each successive anomaly creates another and so on, so the more logical the sequence of anomalies the more exciting and beautiful the story. The final ending of the tale is the most dramatic and tragic. There is a rich array of stories from the Arabian Nights, including a famous tale from the Qur'an. Many readers of One Thousand and One Nights may be surprised at its complex plot.

The Arabian Nights in Arabic literature and fiction has a long history, with various versions dating from the eighth century. According to Iraqi scholar Safa Khulusi, the stories first circulated in the 8th century. In the ninth century, the Arabic version began to gain scholarly attention. The translations influenced later Arabic literature and fiction. Many of these stories were adapted to other languages, including Turkish.

Muhammad Tahir Haqqi

Mohammed Tahir Haqqi is an Egyptian writer of literature. He published four collections of short stories and one novel. He was a champion of emerging Egyptian writers, and his works were translated into English by M.M. Badawi and Denys Johnson-Davies. In his work, Haqqi explored different forms of literature and experimented with form. Haqqi also edited literary magazines in Arabic, including Al-Majalla, which was banned under the government of Gamal Abdel Nasser.

This book also explores Islamic eschatology. The book of Misers, written in Arabic, has survived for centuries. Some of its anecdotes have even found their way into contemporary Arabic literature. Many of the stories in al-Sirah al-Nabawiyyah, written by Islamic scholar Usman bin Yahya, have religious significance. The stories of misers and party crashers, for instance, were part of the Arab Renaissance and the Arabic Renaissance.

Al-'Aqqad's work reflects the changing political and social circumstances of the Middle East. His style compares favorably with that of Taha Husayn and other authors of his generation. His style of writing, which emphasizes vivid similes and images, elevates the poetic value of his prose. Although Arabic literature has always been part of the Middle East culture, it has been promoted differently from the West.

Naguib Mahfouz is the most famous Arabic writer, associated with Western culture. His Nobel Prize is crucial to his literary career. His works depict the worst aspects of Egyptian life. Yusuf Idris, meanwhile, was a hero to other writers. His short stories are some of the most compelling in world literature. And his stories are full of sexuality and male-female relationships.

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