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About Jurji Zaidan

Introductory Summary

The Conquest of Andalusia | The Battle of Poitiers | The Caliph's Sister

The Caliph's Heirs | Saladin and the Assassins


About the Novel | The Historical Context | The Translator | Study Guide


The Study Guide

The Study Guide for students deals with a number of questions about the author, the evolution of the Arabic novel, the historical context and the events of in the novel; it also includes a list of books for further reading. Questions include the following:

1. Who was Jurji Zaidan?

2. What is a historical novel?

3. How much fiction and how much history is there in Zaidan’s historical novels?

4. What is the early history of the Arabic novel?

5. What historical period does The Caliph’s Sister cover?

6. Why did Ja‘far renege on his promise to Harun? And what motivations explain Harun’s actions?

 

Opera on the Life of Jurji Zaidan
(in Arabic) attended by the
President of Egypt

Prelude with Speeches of Literary Figures

Libretto





Jurji Zaidan and his Family

Centennial Celebrations
of Dar-al-Hilal