An Overview of the Anthology of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought from Pre-Islamic Times to the Present by Dr. Bassam Frangieh

Published in August 2004 by Yale University Press, Anthology of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought from Pre-Islamic Times to the Present is a comprehensive textbook for advanced students of Arabic. The book serves as an essential collection of work for Arabic language students, offering 70 eminent works by 70 authors. Notable texts presented in the book include pre-Islamic works of prose and poetry, selections from the Qur’an, the final sermon by the Prophet Muhammad, diverse writings from the Golden Age of the Arabs, modernist and neoclassical works, and literary works from Arabs in Andalus. Such a comprehensive collection has until now been unavailable to educators of Arabic literature and culture.

Beyond its inclusive selections of historical content, the book also offers several important features that benefit both the educator and the student. As educational aids, the book includes two glossaries, a list of notes and idioms, and lists of important vocabulary terms. Additionally, Dr. Bassam Frangieh has included introductory material that helps students understand and appreciate Arabic culture and intellectual thought.

Dr. Bassam Frangieh holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Arabic Language and Literature from Georgetown University. An accomplished Arabic scholar, Dr. Bassam Frangieh previously held the position of Senior Lector of Arabic and Director of the Modern Arabic Language Program at Yale University. He currently serves as Professor at Claremont McKenna College. Over the course of his career, Dr. Bassam Frangieh has authored several books and translated numerous works of Arabic literature into English.

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