New PDF release: A Matter of Fate: The Concept of Fate in the Arab World As

By Dalya Cohen-Mor

ISBN-10: 0195133986

ISBN-13: 9780195133981

ISBN-10: 0195302311

ISBN-13: 9780195302318

Dalya Cohen-Mor examines the evolution of the concept that of destiny within the Arab international via readings of non secular texts, poetry, fiction, and folklore. She contends that trust in destiny has retained its power and maintains to play a pivotal function within the Arabs' outlook on lifestyles and their social psychology. Interwoven with the chapters are sixteen glossy brief tales that extra light up this interesting subject.

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Political activity—none. Objective evaluation of facts—none. Banding together—none. Joint positions—none. Social consciousness—none. The government is the government and the people are the people. The twenty thousand inhabitants of this village have a familiar slogan. ” We are the rulers to whom the Qur a¯n referred. 107 The novel’s title itself, It Is Happening in Egypt Now, conveys a powerful message.

Not surprisingly, at the caliphal court there were poets, such as al-Farazdaq (d. 728) and Jarı¯r (d. 27 The religious leadership, who sought to secure their privileged position, also endorsed the dogma of predestination. The dominance of this school of thought was further facilitated by pre-Islamic Arabic poetry, which abounds in references to human impotence in the face of time–fate (dahr). The Notion of the Muhfi arrik Besides the ninety-nine most beautiful names of God derived from the Qur a¯n (al-asma¯ al-hfi usna¯), an additional attribute was ascribed to Allah during the flowering of Islamic theology and philosophy.

The aging widower becomes infatuated with the youthful maid and has an affair with her. When Mabru¯ka becomes pregnant, she pressures him to marry her and he gives in. But Yu¯suf is unable to reconcile himself to the fact that his father has married a servant. The self-indulgent father explains his conduct: “Kismet! . ” Pondering the unexpected turn of events in his life, especially his spectacular success in the face of others’ devastating downfall, Yu¯suf wonders: “Is this God’s will and to be accepted?

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