The Imagination Unbound: Al-Adab al-'Aja'ibi and the Literature of the Fantastic in the Arabic Tradition

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The fantastic in literature is not a modern European invention; it is present in Arabic narrative dating from the ninth century.

The Imagination Unbound contains an Arabic and English study of al-Adab al-‘Aja‘ibi, with the original Arabic text of Kitab al-Azama (The Book of Greatness) and commentary by the author.

Kamel Abu-Deeb holds the chair in Arabic at the University of London. A poet and essayist, he has published many books and papers in both Arabic and English and has been co-editor of the avant-garde journal Mawaqif.

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Kamal Abu-Deeb holds the Chair in Arabic at the University of London.He has taught at many universities in the West, including Oxford, Berkeley, Pennsylvania, Columbia, and has been Visiting Professor at Princeton.

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