Margaret Larkin . Al-Mutanabbi: Voice of the ʿAbbasid Poetic Ideal. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2008. Pp. 140. Samer M. Ali . Arabic Literary Salons in the Islamic Middle Ages: Poetry, Public Performance, and the Presentation of the Past , Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 2010. Pp. 294. Raymond Farrin . Abundance from the Desert: Classical Arabic Poetry . Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011. Pp. 364. Reviewed by Majd Al-Mallah , Grand Valley State University The current essay will explore contemporary trends in the study of classical Arabic literature and culture through the examination and review of three books that appeared on the topic in the past few years. The essay will discuss the three titles chronologically, based on publication date, starting with the work of Margaret Larkin, followed by Samer Ali, then that of Raymond Farrin. The main argument here is that, by and large, and albeit there are some clear differences in the application and theoretical models used (as I will show below), the three books share some of the current sensibilities in literary analysis within the field of Arabic literature in the U.S. and the West generally—these sensibilities are deeply influenced by the work of a
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