Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Arab Studies Quarterly

Editor's Note

Article excerpt

This issue includes three articles: Sally Gomaa's "The Uses of Geography in Youssef Ziedan's Azazeel," Zahia Smail Salhi's "Withstanding the Winds of Change? Literary Representations of the Gulf War and Its Impacts on Saudi Society," and Muharrem Hilmi Özev's "Saudi Society and the State: Ideational and Material Basis."

Gomaa focuses on the "innovative narrative structure and literary technique" that Ziedan employs in Azazeel, which, she contends, has been lacking in literary discussions of the novel. Ziedan utilizes geography to move beyond the confines of hegemonic religious discourse to enable the narrator to arrive at his destination, "freedom." The relationship between the "multiple versions" that the narrator creates of himself and his investigation of multiple representations of God, "embedded within the landscape," is only possible through geography. Azazeel, therefore, is political through and through in its counter narrative, based in geography, to the dominant narrative(s) advanced by the church and state. …

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