Muhsin J. Al-Musawi's research while affiliated with American University of Sharjah and other places

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Muhsin J. al-Musawi is professor of Arabic studies at Columbia University. His recent books include Anglo-Orient (2000), The Postcolonial Arabic Novel: Debating Ambivalence (2003), Arabic Poetry: Trajectories of Modernity and Tradition (2006), Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict (2006), an edition of The Arabian Nights (2007), and The Islam...
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Although a great deal of research and criticism has been done on The Thousand and One Nights, very little is done on its nonverbal narrative components. While speech and, later, writing make up the communication system between the audience and the story teller, there is much that is left for the reader to imagine in terms of non-speech acts, icons,...
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The purpose of this reading is to assess specific tales in The Thousand and One Nights in the context of the Arabic narrative tradition. While the first sections argue the marginalization of such tales in mainstream criticism, the rest concentrates on the fluctuations in taste for narrative, the reasons behind the expressed fears of the guardians o...

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... Tzvetan Todorov's Les hommes-récit analyses the embedded narrative structure of the Nights as a self-reflective and self-reproducing activity, Marie-Laure Ryan in her work on typology of narrative boundaries using computer language (a seminal work that informs this study) explores embedding in the Nights beyond the frame story (Todorov 1978;Ryan 1990). Scholars of Arabic literature and culture, among them Mia Gerhardt, Ferial Ghazoul, Daniel E. Beaumont, Sandra Naddaff, David Pinault, Muhsin al-Musawi and Elliott Colla, have offered compelling structural studies of the Nights, focusing on embedded stories and/or particular cycles (Gerhardt 1963;Ghazoul 1996;Naddaff 1991;Pinault 1992;Colla 2013;Todorov 1978, 33-46;Beaumont 2002;Al-Musawi 2005;. ...
... Online resources: : Allan 2012;al Musawi 1999al Musawi , 2002al Musawi , 2007al Musawi , 2010al Musawi , 2015El Ariss 2013;Holt 2009;Khaldi 2012;Omri , 2005Omri , 2008Sacks 2007;Selim 2004aSelim , 2004bSelim , 2011Sheehi 2000Sheehi , 2004Sheehi , 2012andTageldin 2011, 2012. 5 Marie Therèse Ellis makes a parallel point by applying Panivong Norindr's deconstruc tion of French Indochina as "an elaborate fiction, a modern phantasmatic assemblage" to the use of the term L'Afrique du Nord in French colonial periodicals (Ellis 2007, 33). ...