Abstract This paper analyzes the use of Qurʾanic rhetoric and imagery in al-Ṭāhir Waṭṭār’s 1974 novel al-Zilzāl ( The Earthquake ). More specifically, it emphasizes Waṭṭār’s employment of Qurʾanic eschatology to blur the boundary between ‘religious’ and ‘secular’ forms of discourse in the construction of Algerian nationalist discourse. The paper investigates al-Zilzāl’s critical engagement with the rhetoric of Arabism and Islamism in post-revolutionary state politics, highlighting the novel’s hybrid genre, its conscious manipulation of narrative time and space, as well as its incorporation of various registers of the Arabic language. Through the mobilization of eschatological notions of struggle, death and sacrifice, al-Zilzāl unsettles a number of authorized narratives on Algerian national identity, language and literature.
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: al-Ṭāhir Waṭṭār; al-Zilzāl ; Earthquake; Algeria; Qurʾan; Hadith; Sura; Islam; Salafi; Salafism; ʿĀʾishah bint Abī Bakr; Eschatology; Apocalypse; Imperialism; Postcolonialism; Arab Socialism; Hybridity; Bakhtin; Chronotope; Hybrid Utterance; Globalization; Capitalism; Nationalism; Arabism; Arabization; Islamism; Bin Badis; Secularism; Narrative Time; Narrative Space; McDougall
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