Poetry and Politics in the Modern Arab World

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The representation in poetic form of political events and ideas in the Arab world since the nineteenth century is this book's principal theme. Atef Alshaer demonstrates an integral connection between poetry and politics, reflecting the holistic character of Arab culture as well as the longstanding embodiment of poetry in the socio-political life of the Arabs. The shared Arabic language and common cultural heritage that Arabs have encompass and mirror widespread Arab concerns about their societies and their cultural and political development. Poetry as the essence of language served as an illuminating, and often mobilizing, medium of expression which brought the tensions and aspirations of each age to the fore. Beginning with the colonial empires and their colonization of the Arab world, Alshaer illuminates the perennial concerns of major Arab poets with their societies. He discusses the poetic representation of the end of the Ottoman Empire, the onset of Arab nationalism, French and British colonialism, Palestine and the struggle against Zionism, as well as Arab inter-relationships, the emergence of Islamism and Islamist movements, and finally the Arab Spring. Each chapter highlights the mainstream historical, political and intellectual currents of the time and interprets them alongside poems and poets that evoked and consecrated them.

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Atef Alshaer grew up and studied in Palestine and London and is a post-doctoral and senior reaching fellow at SOAS, University of London. He has published numerous articles and reviews on the literature, politics and culture of the Arab World.

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'By reading Alshaer's analysis of poetry under the Ottoman Empire and colonialism the reader can draw many parallels between the Arab World then and today ... [the book] offers not only a detailed insight into the poets of the time, but the politics of the time.' * Middle East Monitor *

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