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Autobiography is a literary style which Western scholarship has ascribed generally to Europe and the West. Countering this overview and featuring many little-known texts, this accomplished paintings demonstrates the life of a flourishing culture in Arabic autobiography. Interpreting the Self discusses approximately 100 Arabic autobiographical texts and offers 13 choices in translation. The authors of those autobiographies characterize an extraordinary number of geographical parts, occupations, and non secular affiliations. This pioneering research explores the origins, historic improvement, and specified features of autobiography within the Arabic culture, drawing from texts written among the 9th and 19th centuries c.e.

This quantity contains components: a basic examine rethinking where of autobiography within the Arabic culture, and the translated texts. half one demonstrates that there are way more Arabic autobiographical texts than formerly well-known by way of smooth students and exhibits that those texts signify a longtime and—especially within the center Ages—well-known type of literary creation. The 13 translated texts partially are drawn from the complete one-thousand-year interval lined via this survey and symbolize quite a few types. every one textual content is preceded via a quick creation guiding the reader to precise positive aspects within the textual content and supplying basic history information regarding the writer. the quantity additionally includes an annotated bibliography of one hundred thirty premodern Arabic autobiographical texts.

In addition to offering a lot little-known fabric, this quantity revisits present understandings of autobiographical writing and is helping create an incredible cross-cultural comparative framework for learning the genre.

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