As an integral part of Arab society since the pre-Islamic period, Jews participated in the making of Arabic literature. We know of prom¬inent Jewish poets such as al-Samawʾal ibn ʿᾹdiyāʾ in the sixth century A.D. and Ibrāhīm ibn Sahl in al-Andalus in the thirteenth century. During the first half of the twentieth century, Arabic literature in fuṣḥā (standard Arabic) written by Jews witnessed a great revival, es¬pecially in Iraq and Egypt, but this revival was cut short as a casualty of Zionism and Arab na-tionalism and the conflict between them. We are currently witnessing the demise of Arabic literature written by Jews; the Arabic language among Jews will probably remain mostly a tool of the military establishment and the intel¬ligence systems as encapsulated in the dictum 'know your enemy' instead of being a medium for coexistence and knowing the Other. The article concentrates on the literary activities of one of the most talented Iraqi-Jewish au¬thors, Shalom Darwīsh (1913-1997), whose promising anticipated literary future in Arabic literature encountered a deadlock following the aforementioned exclusion of Jews from 'Arabness'.
|Number of pages
|Miscelanea de Estudios Arabes y Hebraicos, Seccion Hebreo
|Published - 2021
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- Arab-Jewish culture
- Arabic literature
- Shalom Darwīsh
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies
- Religious studies
- Literature and Literary Theory