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A novel by

Radwa Ashour skillfully weaves a history of Granadan rule and an Arabic world into a novel that evokes cultural loss and the disappearance of a vanquished population. The novel follows the family of Abu Jaafar, the bookbinderhis wife, widowed daughter-in-law, her two children, and his two apprenticesas they witness Christopher Columbus and his entourage in a triumphant parade featuring exotic plants and animals and human captives from the New World. Embedded in the narrative is the preparation for the marriage of Saad, one of the apprentices, and Saleema, Abu Jaafar's granddaughtera scenario that is elegantly revealed in a number of parallel scenes.

As the new rulers of Granada confiscate books and officials burn the collected volumes, Abu Jaafur quietly moves his rich library out of town. Persecuted Muslims fight to form an independent government, but increasing economic and cultural pressures on the Arabs of Spain and Christian rulers culminate in Christian conversions and Muslim uprisings.

A tale that is both vigorous and heartbreaking, this novel will appeal to general readers of Spanish and Arabic literature as well as anyone interested in Christian-Muslim relations.


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Hardback Editions

November 2003 : USA Hardback

Title: Granada
Author(s): Radwa Ashour, Radwa 'Ashur
ISBN: 0-8156-0765-2 / 978-0-8156-0765-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr
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Paperback Editions

October 2008 : Paperback

Title: Granada
Author(s): Ashour Radwa
ISBN: 9774162307 / 978-9774162305
Publisher: I B Tauris & Co Ltd
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Kindle Editions

October 2003 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Granada: A Novel (Middle East Literature In Translation)
Author(s): Radwa Ashour
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
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