- The novel on which the book is based is important not only in modern Arabic literature but also in world literature. - The novel includes a wealth of literary, cultural, political, historical, and religious topics relevant to students of Arabic and Arab history and culture. - The book includes a variety of activities which use the events, language, and characters of the novel as a starting point for classroom discussions. - There is a number of high-quality online audio recordings of the text of the novel by native speakers, which learners can listen to in order to improve their own pronunciation. - The textbook is based on one coherent, complete volume whose original language has been left intact, so that students have direct experience with a masterpiece of modern Arabic literature in its original form. - The textbook is designed to be appealing to students who major or minor in various disciplines, including Middle Eastern studies, Arabic literature, comparative literature, political science, and religion. - There is a large amount of published literature on Mawsim al-Hijra ilaa al-Shamaal which can be used to supplement classroom activities and final projects.
Designed as a reader for intermediate students of Arabic and those who may wish to broaden their appreciation of leading Middle Eastern writers, this collection features stories in both Arabic and English translation. Prefaced by an author biography plus notes on context and background, each story is followed by a glossary and discussion of problematic language points. Authors include Naguib Mahfouz, Edwar al-Kharrat, Hanan al-Shaykh, Layla al-Uthman, and Mohamed Choukri. Ronak Husni is a senior lecturer at Heriot-Watt University, teaching Arabic language, literature, and translation. Daniel L. Newman is the course director of the MA in Arabic/English Translation at the University of Durham and the author of An Imam in Paris (Saqi Books).
"Naguib Mahfouz's novel Children of the Alley has been in the spotlight since it was first published in Egypt in 1959. It has been at times banned and at others allowed, sold sometimes under the counter and sometimes openly on the street, often pirated and only recently legally reprinted.