WOMEN AS CULTURAL SYMBOLS IN YAHY � HAQQ � 'S SAINT'S LAMP Over the past half century at least half a dozen works of fiction have appeared in Arabic that could be called apprenticeship novels. Perhaps the finest one from the point of view of artistry and crafts- manship is Yahya Hagqi's Qindil Umm Hashim (The Saint's Lamp), an Egyptian novella written in 1944 and translated from the Arabic in 1973 by M. M. Badawi (E. J. Brill, Leiden). Now that an English translation of the work exists, it is hoped that The Saint's Lamp will find its proper place among the great novellas of modern literature. The only full length study of The Lamp that exists in English is M. M. Badawi's "The Lamp of Umm Hashim : The Egyptian Intel- lectual Between East and West" which appeared in the Journal of Arabic Literature in 1970. Badawi's article is an in-depth study of the main theme of the story, which is the conflict between the scientific truths of the West and the religious truths of the East. Realizing that it would be impossible to accomplish more than this in a single article, Badawi suggests that the reader
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1979
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