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Conspiracy in Modern Egyptian Literature

This book examines the diverse uses of conspiracy theory in Egyptian fiction since the early twentieth century. Read against the historical and intertextual backgrounds of individual authors and their works, conspiracy theory emerges not as a single, rigid ideology, but as a style of writing that is equal parts literary and political. Les mer

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This book examines the diverse uses of conspiracy theory in Egyptian fiction since the early twentieth century. Read against the historical and intertextual backgrounds of individual authors and their works, conspiracy theory emerges not as a single, rigid ideology, but as a style of writing that is equal parts literary and political.

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Forlag
Edinburgh University Press
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781474455831
Utgivelsesår
2019
Format
23 x 16 cm

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Examines the diverse uses of conspiracy theory in Egyptian fiction over the last century

Provides the first critical study of conspiracy theory in Arabic literature
Examines work by authors who have received little critical attention in English (Youssef Rakha, Mohammad Rabie, Ahmed Naji)
Examines the recent "authoritarian turn" of some Egyptian authors
Contains an Arabic edition and partial translation of Naguib Surur's infamous underground quatrains

Conspiracy theory in the Arab World has come to be associated with the rhetoric of Islamist extremists and authoritarian regimes. Yet its principle tropes - omnipotent secret societies, impending apocalypse, heroes who crack codes - have recurred in Arabic literature as well. A number of Egyptian authors, including Ali Ahmad Bakathir, Naguib Surur, Sonallah Ibrahim, Gamal al-Ghitani, and Youssef Rakha have crafted potent narratives of conspiracy that have remained unexamined until now.

In a series of case studies, this book examines the diverse uses of conspiracy theory in Egyptian fiction since the early twentieth century. Read against the historical and intertextual backgrounds of individual authors and their works, conspiracy theory emerges not as a single, rigid ideology, but as a style of writing that is equal parts literary and political.

Benjamin Koerber is Assistant Professor of Arabic language and literature in the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University.

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