A Matter of Fate: The Concept of Fate in the Arab World as Reflected in Modern Arabic Literature

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Oxford University Press, May 3, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 352 pages
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Dalya Cohen-Mor examines the evolution of the concept of fate in the Arab world through readings of religious texts, poetry, fiction, and folklore. She contends that belief in fate has retained its vitality and continues to play a pivotal role in the Arabs' outlook on life and their social psychology. Interwoven with the chapters are 16 modern short stories that further illuminate this fascinating topic.
 

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Contents

The Principle of the Prime Mover
3
The Agent of Corrosion
47
The Prison of Life
79
The Yoke of Tradition
105
The Female Experience
131
The Trap of Poverty and Tyranny
159
The Random Arbiter
189
8 To Wish or Not to Wish? The DoubleEdged Sword
219
9 Conclusion
239
Notes
259
Glossary
285
Select Bibliography
287
Permissions
307
Index
309
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