Elite Treatment of Honour Crimes in Modern Egypt

Pierre Cachia

in Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640867
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653300 | DOI:
Elite Treatment of Honour Crimes in Modern Egypt

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This chapter discusses the elite treatment of honour crimes in modern Egypt. It focuses on the ways and mechanisms in which elite literature has departed or distanced itself from the traditions and practices of honour crimes that prevailed in folk literature. It takes a look at Tāhā Husayn's Du al-Karawān; Tawfīq al-Hakīm's Uxniyat al-Mawt; and Najīb Surūr's Minēn ajīb Nā. Even leading modernists like Tāhā Husayn looked upon colloquial forms of Arabic as debased. Most Arab writers of the twentieth century saw themselves not only as artists but also as agents of cultural and social reform, and shied away from themes that struck them as trivial or reactionary.

Keywords: Arab elite; colloquial forms; honour crimes; modern Egypt; elite literature; folk literature; Tāhā Husayn; Tawfīq al-Hakīm; Najīb Surūr

Chapter.  4857 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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