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A powerful novel of life in the mixed culture that existed in Southern Spain before the expulsion of the Arabs and Jews. Radwa Ashour skillfully weaves a history of Granadan rule and an Arabic world into a novel that evokes cultural loss and the disappearance of a vanquished population. The novel follows the family of Abu Jaafar, the bookbinder--his wife, widowed daughter-in-law, her two children, and his two apprentices--as they witness Christopher Columbus and his entourage in a triumphant parade featuring exotic plants and animals, and human captives from the New World. Embedded in the narrative is the preparation for the marriage of Saad, one of the apprentices, and Saleema, Abu Jaafar's granddaughter--a scenario that is elegantly revealed in a number of parallel scenes. As the new rulers of Granada confiscate books, and officials burn the collected volumes, Abu Jaafur quietly moves his rich library out of town. Persecuted Muslims fight to form an independent government, but increasing economic and cultural pressures on the Arabs of Spain and Christian rulers culminate in Christian conversions and Muslim uprisings. A tale that is both vigorous and heartbreaking, this novel will appeal to general readers of Spanish and Arabic literature as well as anyone interested in Christian-Muslim relations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780815607656
Translator:
Granara, William
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Translator:
Granara, William
Author:
Ashour, Radwa
Author:
'Ashur, Radwa
Location:
Syracuse, N.Y.
Subject:
History
Subject:
African
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Granada (spain)
Subject:
Granada
Subject:
Granada (Spain) History.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series:
Middle East Literature in Translation
Series Volume:
107-16
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.96x5.90x.79 in. .98 lbs.

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