1. 1910-1950. The language of invention: the renaissance of Arabic literature, 1910-1920 ; My country: the nationalization of Turkish literature, 1920-1930 ; Once upon a time: politics and piety in Persian literature, 1930-1940 ; Rise up! Pakistan and the independence of Urdu literature, 1940-1950 --pt.
2. 1950-1980. I am Arab: Arabic literature at midcentury ; Strangers in a strange land: Turkish literature after Ataturk ; Those days: Persian literature between two revolutions ; Between the dusk and dawn of history: Urdu literature after partition --pt.
3. 1980-2010. Ask me about the future: the globalization of Middle East literature, 1980-2010.
A landmark literary event, this groundbreaking work spans a century of literature by the region's best writers-from the famed Arab poet Khalil Gibran to the Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk-all of them bound together, not by borders and nationalities, but by a common experience of colonial domination and western imperialism. As best-selling author Reza Aslan writes, the mesmerising prose of the Middle East-Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu-has been virtually excluded from the canon available to English readers. Under the umbrella of Words Without Borders, Aslan has assembled this extraordinary collection of short stories, memoirs, essays and poems, featuring both contemporary and historical works, with many of the selections newly appearing in English. (source: Nielsen Book Data)