Analysis of Abd al-Rahman Mounif's book named "Sibaq al-Masafat al-Tavilah" in terms of novel technique

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Uludağ Üniversitesi, Turkey

Approval Date: 2015

Thesis Language: Turkish




The type of novel that came out in the European continent in the XVII century took its first roots in Arabian Peninsula at a time around XVIII century. The emergence of historical novel, which is one of the sub-genres of novel, was around XVIII century for European continent and XIX century for Arabian Peninsula. For this type of literature to earn recognition within Arabic Literature took place in the second half of the XX century. Abd al-Rahman Mounif (1933-2004) stepped into the area of literature during the period that followed the post 2nd World War, which is accepted as the beginning of the Maturity Period of novel genre, and he became one of the distinguished writers of the Modern Arabic Literature. In the works he wrote with the purpose to contribute to the Arabian society's change as similar to "resurrection", he wrote about social and political problems such as the identity crisis of an Arab individual, problems of democracy and freedom, women's rights and establishing Arab union. In his novel called "Sibaq al-Masafat al-Tavilah", which is analyzed in this study, Mounif took the struggle between England and America over the control of the oil reservoirs in Iran after the 2nd World War as his bases. Besides, the subject of "Orientalism" was also discussed in the work through its main character.