In no particular order, here is a list of books that we strongly recommend for Advanced students of Arabic interested in studying Arabic through literature

 

Advanced Arabic Literary Reader (2015)

Advanced Arabic Literary Reader

Advanced Arabic Literary Reader is a truly representative collection of literary extracts from across the Arabic-speaking world. Extracts from each country in the Arab world have been carefully selected, with a balance of both male and female writers and prominent and emerging voices, providing a…

Anthology of Arabic Literature, Culture and Thought: From Pre-Islamic Times to the Present (2004)

Anthology of Arabic Literature, Culture and Thought: From Pre-Islamic Times to the Present (Yale Language Series)

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  • Publication Date: 30 Oct 2004
  • Author: Bassam K Frangieh
  • Description: This book-the first comprehensive reader of Arabic literature from pre-Islamic times to the present-is an essential work for advanced students of the Arabic language. Presenting seventy works by seventy authors, it includes: * pre-Islamic poetry and prose; * selections from the Qur’an; * the Prophet Muhammad’s last sermon; * the powerful writing of Ali Ibn Abi Talib, the fourth Islamic Caliph; * writings from the “Golden Age of the Arabs” (750-1258 A.D.) in philosophy, mysticism, prose, and poetry; * works from the neoclassical, modernist, and metaphorical schools; * literature of the Arabs in Andalus, Spain; * discussions of cultural, literary, critical, and political movements of the present day; * vocabulary lists, a list of idioms and notes, a set of questions about the text, and two glossaries. This book not only introduces students to the entire sweep of Arabic intellectual, political, and cultural thought but also gives examples of how this thought is expressed, offering important insight into the Arab mind.

Mastering Arabic Through Literature: The Short Story: Al-Rubaa [Volume 1] (2015)

Mastering Arabic Through Literature: The Short Story: Volume 1: Al-Rubaa

In an innovative concept in the teaching of Modern Standard Arabic, this new content-based book aims to bolster study for advanced students in both linguistic skills and literary appreciation through the reading of short stories in the original Arabic by four great but very different writers: Mah…

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    • Publication Date:  2015
    • Authors:  Iman A. Soliman , Saeed Alwakeel
    • Description: In an innovative concept in the teaching of Modern Standard Arabic, this new content-based book aims to bolster study for advanced students in both linguistic skills and literary appreciation through the reading of short stories in the original Arabic by four great but very different writers: Mahmoud Taher Lashin, Naguib Mahfouz, Yusuf Idris, and Tayeb Salih. Creative reading tasks and exercises focus on the writing and literary styles of the four writers, while grammar is reinforced through text analysis and writing assignments, with an emphasis on building vocabulary and idiomatic expressions, as well as developing a deeper understanding of cultural issues. With an integrated skills approach, al-Rubaa contains not only reading but also writing, listening, and speaking activities.

 

Mastering Arabic through Literature: Drama al-Rubaa [Volume 2] (2016)

Mastering Arabic through Literature: Drama al-Rubaa [Volume 2]

In an innovative approach to teaching Modern Standard Arabic, this new content-based book aims to bolster study for advanced high students in both linguistic skills and literary appreciation. Learners will read original one-act plays in Arabic by four great but very different playwrights: Tawfiq …

 

Mastering Arabic through Literature [Volume 3] (2017)

Mastering Arabic through Literature [Volume 3]

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  • Publication Date:  2017
  • Authors:  Iman A. Soliman , Saeed Alwakeel
  • Description: In an innovative approach to teaching Modern Standard Arabic, this new content-based book aims to bolster study for advanced high students in both linguistic skills and literary appreciation through the reading of a wide variety of original modern Arabic poetry by ten prominent writers: Abu al-Qasim al-Shabbi, Mahmoud Darwish, Abd al-Mu’ti Higazi, Said Aql, Fadwa Touqan, Elia Abu Madi, Salah Abdel Sabour, Adonis, Nizar Qabbani, and Ahmad Shawqi. The book aims at enabling students to read, enjoy, and appreciate Arabic poetry through a set of activities-pre-reading; reading; follow-up; and reading alone. These activities facilitate the student’s grasp of the structural complexity, lack of conformity to standard grammatical rules, and unfamiliar cultural perspectives that are known to make reading poetry difficult in any language. Mastering Arabic through Literature, Volume 3:

Arabic Literature to the End of the Umayyad Period (The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature) (2010)

Arabic Literature to the End of the Umayyad Period (The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature)

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    •  Publication Date:  2010
    • Authors: A. F. L. Beeston, T. M. Johnston,  R. B. Serjeant, G. R. Smith
    • Description:Originally published in 1983, The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature was the first general survey of the field to have been published in English for over fifty years and the first attempted in such detail in a multi-volume form. The volumes of the History provide an invaluable source of reference and understanding of the intellectual, literary and religious heritage of the Arabic-speaking and Islamic world. This volume begins its coverage with the oral verse of the sixth century AD, and ends with the fall of the Umayyad dynasty two centuries later. 

 

 

 

Desert Songs of the Night: 1500 Years of Arabic Literature (2015)

Desert Songs of the Night: 1500 Years of Arabic Literature

A unique and extraordinary collection, Desert Songs of the Night presents some of the finest poetry and prose by Arab writers, from the Arab East to Andalusia, over the last 1,500 years. From the mystical imagery of the Qur’an and the colourful stories of The Thousand and One Nights, to the power…

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    • Publication Date:  2015
    • Authors: by Suheil Bushrui, James M. Malarkey
    • Description: A unique and extraordinary collection, Desert Songs of the Night presents some of the finest poetry and prose by Arab writers, from the Arab East to Andalusia, over the last 1,500 years. From the mystical imagery of the Qur’an and the colourful stories of The Thousand and One Nights, to the powerful verses of longing of Mahmoud Darwish and Nazik al-Mala ika, this captivating collection includes translated excerpts of works by the major authors of the period, as well as by lesser known writers of equal significance. Desert Songs of the Night showcases the vibrant and distinctive literary heritage of the Arabs. Beautifully produced, this is the ideal book for lovers of world literature and for those who seek an acquaintance with gems of Arab thought and expression.