Home Contact Us Order Form Encyclopedia of New York State
Syracuse University Press  
New Books New books Fall 2016 Books Spring 2016 book catalog Seasonal Catalog Archive Books by Subject Awards Course Adoption Exam Copies Desk Copies Books by Title Books by Author Author Guidelines Order Information Domestic Orders International Orders Sales Representatives Request Reprint Permissions Contact Us Media About the Press Giving Join Mailing List

A Novel

Radwa Ashour

Cloth $24.95   |   ISBN 0-8156-0765-2   |   2003

Beloved Egyptian Novelist Radwa Ashour, 1946-2014

A powerful novel of life in the mixed culture that existed in Southern Spain before the expulsion of the Arabs and Jews.

"Prior to the fifteenth century, Granada, Spain, was a Muslim community. When the Castilians conquered the area, they brought with them the Inquisition. Muslim culture and literature were banned, and inhabitants were forced to convert. This epic follows the fortunes of the Muslim family of Abu Jaafar, a well-respected leader and book printer. His two apprentices and the children of his deceased biological son make up the heart of the novel. Granada's history is likely to be unfamiliar to American audiences. . . . However, once readers acclimate to the gentle rhythms of the story, they may well find it to be a page-turner. The language is rich and evocative, and the characters are engaging."
dash Booklist

Radwa Ashour skillfully weaves a history of Granadan rule and an Arabic world into a novel that evokes cultural loss and the disappearance of a vanquished population. The novel follows the family of Abu Jaafar, the bookbinderdashhis wife, widowed daughter-in-law, her two children, and his two apprenticesdashas they witness Christopher Columbus and his entourage in a triumphant parade featuring exotic plants and animals and human captives from the New World. Embedded in the narrative is the preparation for the marriage of Saad, one of the apprentices, and Saleema, Abu Jaafar's granddaughterdasha scenario that is elegantly revealed in a number of parallel scenes.

As the new rulers of Granada confiscate books and officials burn the collected volumes, Abu Jaafur quietly moves his rich library out of town. Persecuted Muslims fight to form an independent government, but increasing economic and cultural pressures on the Arabs of Spain and Christian rulers culminate in Christian conversions and Muslim uprisings.

A tale that is both vigorous and heartbreaking, this novel will appeal to general readers of Spanish and Arabic literature as well as anyone interested in Christian-Muslim relations.

Radwa Ashour is an Egyptian novelist.
William Granara is professor of Arabic at Harvard University.
Translated by William Granara

51/2 x 81/2, 128 pages, glossary

View other books in this series

Granada Next Book in Catalog Order Direct Join Our Mailing List

Syracuse University Press
621 Skytop Road, Suite 110
Syracuse, New York 13244-5290
Phone: 315-443-5534
Fax: 315-443-5545
Email: supress@syr.edu
Website: www.SyracuseUniversityPress.syr.edu

home   new books   books by subject   seasonal catalog archive  awards   books in print   facebook   twitter   blog   exam copies   desk copies   author guidelines   domestic orders   international orders   sales reps   requesting reprint permissions   contact us   media   giving   newsletter   resources   mailing list   about

© 1999-2016 Syracuse University Press, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

syracuse web site design: CustomWebHelp.com