New Release Books by Kamal Abdel-Malek

Kamal Abdel-Malek is the author of The Rhetoric of Violence (2016), Come with Me from Jerusalem (2016), America in an Arab Mirror (2000), A Study of the Vernacular Poetry of Aḥmad Fuʼād Nigm (1990) and other 2 books.

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The Rhetoric of Violence

release date: Apr 30, 2016
The Rhetoric of Violence
Despite the urgent need to develop understandings of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the light of the current situation in the Middle East, the role of violence and reconciliation in Palestinian and Israeli literature and film has received only brief treatment. This book is intended to fill that void; that is to explore how Israelis and Palestinians view and depict themselves and each other in situations that lead to either violence or reconciliation, and the ways in which both parties define themselves in relation to one another. The book examines selected Palestinian and Israeli literary works and a small number of films and their tacit assumptions about Israeli Jews. It will attempt to look at, among other questions a) is violence perceived as a means of empowerment, b) is there connection between imaginary violence in literature and actual violence, and what is the nature of the association between creative writers and violence? (eg. popular writer Ghassan Kanafani who is also a spokesman for the violent PFLP).

Come with Me from Jerusalem

release date: Jan 27, 2016
Come with Me from Jerusalem
Sami, the first Egyptian student in Israel, falls in love with a Jewish classmate, but his life is suddenly shattered when he finds himself arrested and tried for the murder of a Tel Aviv call girl. Only a miracle can save him from a certain life sentence

America in an Arab Mirror

release date: Aug 04, 2000
America in an Arab Mirror
This distinguished anthology presents for the first time in English travel essays by Arabic writers who have visited America in the second half of the century. The view of America which emerges from these accounts is at once fascinating and illuminating, but never monolithic. The writers hail from a variety of viewpoints, regions, and backgrounds, so their descriptions of America differently engage and revise Arab pre-conceptions of Americans and the West. The country figures as everything from the unchanging Other, the very antithesis of the Arab self, to the seductive female, to the Other who is both praiseworthy and reprehensible.

A Study of the Vernacular Poetry of Aḥmad Fuʼād Nigm

release date: Jan 01, 1990
A Study of the Vernacular Poetry of Aḥmad Fuʼād Nigm
This study provides an analysis of the social and political meanings in the protest vernacular poetry of Ah mad Fu''âd Nigm (b. 1929), the contemporary Eqyptian socialist poet. Nigm''s work portrays Eqypt as a society composed of contending social forces and it is concerned with the cause of liberating Egypt from class inequality and political oppression. For Nigm, the way to achieve such liberation is through a people''s revolution that will ultimately pave the way for a new socialist society.Nigm''s commitment to the causes of his society is enhanced by his use of the simple, yet evocative, colloquial, an idiom which is close to the mind and heart of Egypt''s poor and illiterate people. Moreover, Nigm deftly utilises different folk poetic forms, folk idioms and pungent witticisms to convey his socialist message.Consequently, Nigm''s poetry enjoys wide popularity in Egypt, especially when sung to the melodious tune of the ''ûd by Shaykh Imâm, Nigm''s partner. Being an example of genuine popular expression, Nigm''s protest appears to pose a challenge to the political establishment, which considers Nigm as a provocateur, as well as to the majority of scholars to whom vernacular works have no place in their canonical definition of high" literature."

Celebrating Muḥammad

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Celebrating Muḥammad
Explores a vital but often misunderstood aspect of Islamic piety.

Towards an Islamic Liberation Theology : ʻAli Shariʻati and His Thought

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