Title

تجليات أسطورية للصحراء الأفريقية الكبرى في الرواية العربية / Mythic Manifestations of the Sahara in the Arabic Novel

Authors

Salah Salih

Program

ALIF

Find in your Library

http://www.jstor.org/stable/521619

All Authors

صالح, صلاح; Salih, Salah

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

Publication Date

1997

doi

https://www.doi.org/10.2307/521619

Abstract

[The Arabic novel has dealt with the Sahara in various ways: contextualizing the plot and characters within it, basing an episode on it, or using it simply to provide an aesthetic function. Furthermore, the inclusion of the Sahara in the Arabic novel has not been a matter of content only; it has affected the horizon of the work and enriched its dynamics. Despite the realism of the Arabic novels which dealt with the Sahara, most of them present the desert environment- topographical, botanical, zoological and cultural-in a fantastic light and present characters living in the Sahara and their dress, behavior, traditions and rites as strange and exotic. While the Sahara has given rise to the mythic motif within the realistic depiction, the variety of ethnic groups inhabiting the Sahara on its north and south, east and west, as well as the penetration of both Islam and Christianity into the Saharan cultures prevented the presentation of a common mythology. The works examined are by nine writers from African Arab countries: Ibrahim al-Kuni (Libya), Gamal al-Ghitany and Sabri Moussa (Egypt), Tayeb Salih, Makki Muhammad 'Ali and 'Umar al-Hamidi (Sudan), 'Abd al-Hamid Haduqa (Algeria), Mahmud al-Mas'idi (Tunisia), and Ahmad Wuld 'Ab al-Qadir (Mauritania).]

First Page

6

Last Page

27

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