Written in stone : the Andalusī rithāʼ al-mudun in the Arabic elegiac tradition
Weeping over the poetic past : poetry into prose in al-Saraqusṭī's Qayrawan maqāma
Al-Andalus and Sefarad in the Hebrew qaṣīda
The view from al-Andalus : looking east, west, and south for Andalusī identity
A final look back
Appendix: Select Arabic and Hebrew texts.
Looking Back at al-Andalus focuses on Arabic and Hebrew Literature that expresses the loss of al-Andalus from multiple vantage points. In doing so, this book examines the definition of al-Andalus' literary borders, the reconstruction of which navigates between traditional generic formulations and actual political, military and cultural challenges. By looking at a variety of genres, the book shows that literature aiming to recall and define al-Andalus expresses a series of symbolic literary objects more than a geographic and political entity fixed in a single time and place. Looking Back at al-Andalus offers a unique examination into the role of memory, language, and subjectivity in presenting a series of interpretations of what al-Andalus represented to different writers at different historical-cultural moments. (source: Nielsen Book Data)