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The Arab Writer in English
Arab Themes in a Metropolitan Language, 1908–1958

Geoffrey Nash

Geoffrey Nash is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland. He is the author of The Anglo-Arab Encounter: Fiction and Autobiography by Arab Writers in English; Writing Muslim Identity; and co-editor of Postcolonialism and Islam.


This book looks at the first generation of Arab British and Arab American writers to produce English writings in the earlier twentieth-century: Ameen Rihani, Khalil Jibran, George Antonius and Edward Atiyah. It theorises their work within the context of Arab nationalism, postcolonialism and the criticism of Edward Said.

Foreword by Miles L. Bradbury


1 Ameen Rihani: Cross-Cultural Disclosures
2 Khalil Jibran: From Arab mahjar to Consumerist Prophet
3 Ameen Rihani: Pan-Arab Imaginings
4 Ameen Rihani: Decolonizing Arabia
5 George Antonius: Anglo-Arab Disjunction
6 Edward Atiyah: Language and Colonization
7 Edward Atiyah: The End of Anglo-Arab Politics
8 The Politics of Anglo-Arab Discourse

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“Geoffrey Nash’s The Arab Writer in English and his The Anglo-Arab Encounter…together offer the most detailed study to date of Arab British literature.” Professor Wail S. Hassan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“By the end…the reader…feels their perspective on Middle East history and writing has been extended…Overall Nash builds a sensitive, engaged, and highly intelligent awareness of his subject.” Dr Howard J. Booth, Manchester University

“ All who are interested in the varieties and complexities of the relationship between the Arab world and the West in the twentieth century should consult it and ponder the issues that it so provocatively raises.” From the Foreword by Miles L. Bradbury, University of Maryland.

“An innovative book which will be of great interest to anyone working in comparative literature or post-colonialism. Professor Susan Bassnett, Centre for British & Comparative Cultural Studies, The University of Warwick


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184 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Release Date:
Hardback, June 1998; Paperback December 2014
  Illustrated:   No
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