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Congratulations to Professors Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professors Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab on the publication of their latest book The Shi‘ites of Lebanon. Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists.

The complex history of Lebanese Shi‘ites has traditionally been portrayed as rooted in religious and sectarian forces. The Abisaabs uncover a more nuanced account in which colonialism, the modern state, social class, and provincial politics profoundly shaped Shi‘i society.

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Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata on the publication of Three Treatises on the I'jaz of the Qur'an. Qur'anic Studies and Literary Criticism (al-Khattabi, al-Rummani and 'Abd al-Qahir al-Jurjani). The book is edited by Muhammad Khalaf-Allah Ahmad and Muhammad Zaghlul Sallam, and translated by Issa J. Boullata.

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Congratulations to Professor F. Jamil Ragep

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor F. Jamil Ragep on the publication of The Herbal of al-Ghafiqi, which he co-edited with Faith Wallis. It is a facsimile edition with critical essays by eminent scholars that discuss the physical features and history of the manuscript, the philological complexity of the text, al-Ghafiqi’s sources, the Andalusian and larger global contexts of the Herbal, and the illustrations accompanying the text.

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Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata

The Institute of Islamic Studies is proud to congratulate Professor Emeritus Issa Boullata on the publication of his memoir, Bells of Memory, which has been nominated for the Quebec Writers Federation Mavis Gallant prize for non-fiction.

Book | Article in the Montreal Gazette | Shortlist for QWF Awards 2014


Michelle Hartman's new book, Native Tongue, Stranger Talk, now published

Can a reality lived in Arabic be expressed in French? Can a French-language literary work speak Arabic? In Native Tongue, Stranger Talk Hartman shows how Lebanese women authors use spoken Arabic to disrupt literary French, with sometimes surprising results. Challenging the common claim that these writers express a Francophile or "colonized" consciousness, this book demonstrates how they actively question the political and cultural meaning of writing in French in Lebanon. Hartman argues that their innovative language inscribes messages about society into their novels by disrupting class-status hierarchies, narrow ethno-religious identities, and rigid gender roles. Because the languages of these texts reflect the crucial issues of their time, Native Tongue, Stranger Talk guides the reader through three key periods of Lebanese history: the French mandate and early independence, the Lebanese civil war, and the postwar period. Three novels are discussed in each time period, exposing the contours of how the authors “write Arabic in French” to invent new literary languages.

http://syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu/spring-2014/native-tongue-stranger-talk.html


Congratulations to Institute Faculty Lecturer Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi on her recent publication

"Processing Compound Verbs in Persian" (A Psycholinguistic Approach to Complex Predicates) has been distributed for Leiden University Press and will publish September 2014.