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Religion in the Egyptian Novel

Christina Phillips

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Charts the struggle between religious and secular discourse in the Egyptian novel

This is an in-depth, original survey of religion in the modern Arabic novel. Tracing the relationship from the genesis of the form in the early 20th century to present, Phillips provides a thematic exploration of the push and pull between religion and secularism as it played out on the pages of the Egyptian novel. Through close readings of representative texts, the book reveals the manifold ways in which Islam, Christianity, Sufism, myth, ritual and intertext have engaged in modern Arabic literature and culture more broadly.

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Part One
1. Introduction: Religion and the Novel
2. The Religious Other
3. The Secular Scripture

Part Two
4. Introduction: Religion, the Egyptian Novel, and the New Literary Sensibility
5. Intertextual Dialogues
6. The Coptic Theme
7. Mystical Dimensions
8. Feminist Perspectives



About the Author

Christina Phillips is Senior Lecturer of Arabic Literature and Media at the University of Exeter.

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