I am currently finishing my book with AUC University Press entitled: Literariness and Aesthetics of ancient Egyptian Literature: Arabic Jinās in Post-Eurocentric Poetics.
The book incorporates the significant discussions of Arabic Jinās both medieval and modern, such as: Ibn al-Muʿtazz (d. 908 AD), Abd al-Qāhir al-Jurjānī (d. 1078-9 AD), Rashīd al-Dīn Waṭwāṭ (d. 1177 AD), Ḍiyāʾ al-Dīn ibn al-Athīr (d.1239 AD), Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn al-Ṣafadī (d. 1362 AD). The book is the only work entirely dedicated to carrying out analyses, critical evaluations, and a taxonomy of the Arabic rhetorical device jinās. The Arabic tradition 'balāghah' rediscovered ancient literary registers and tones, which had been entirely obliterated in the Western rhetorical tradition. The book has received several endorsements (listed below) and is expected to be published in 2020.
"Since the days of Champollion, Westerners have found it natural to draw on ancient and modern Indo-European terminology and comparisons for studying the language and literature of ancient Egypt. A century ago, pioneering Egyptian Egyptologist Ahmad Kamal Pasha gained little traction for his plea to compare ancient Egyptian with Arabic, a kindred language from within the same phylum (now known as Afro-Asiatic). Now the time is surely ripe for Hany Rashwan’s bold postcolonial challenge—that applying the Arabic concept of wordplay (Jinās) to ancient Egyptian texts can yield literary and linguistic insights which have thus far eluded his fellow Egyptologists." (Donald Malcolm Reid, professor of Middle East history, University of Washington)
"In this ground-breaking study, Dr Hany Rashwan thoroughly and systematically compares the ancient Egyptian and Arabic traditions of literary ‘word-play’. This is the first time that the workings of these devices in Egyptian texts has been scientifically explored by looking to Arabic practices, rather than by uncritically relying upon western traditions of rhetoric. The approach is original and innovative, and the results are very fruitful. The book has much to offer in the way of insights for the understanding and interpretation of Egyptian textual material. New avenues of research are opened up, which cannot be ignored in future work on style and expression in Egyptian literature, and a fresh light is cast upon on the whole nature of the methods of composition of our Egyptian texts." (John Tait, Professor of Egyptology, University College London)
"By creatively re-reading ancient Egyptian texts through the lens of the classical Arabic poetic tradition Dr. Rashwan has, in a new and surprising manner, been able to reconnect the culture of Arab Egypt to that of its Pharaonic past and thereby unearthed a continuity of vision which is grounded in a distinctly similar approach to the use of poetic language. In doing so has revealed new layers of meaning that are essential for an adequate understanding of the literary merit of the ancient texts. Particularly striking is the manner in which Dr. Rashwan’s work treats the pictographic quality of the script as one additional semantic layer which operates in tandem with the rhetorical devices that function at the linguistic level. Dr. Rashwan’s book is a landmark study which paves the way for an altogether new, more inclusive and integrated understanding of Egypt’s cultural history." (Stefan Sperl, Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS)
“Dr Rashwan offers a fresh perspective on ancient Egyptian literature of the second millennium BC by comparing stylistic devices of the Pharaonic era with Arabic Jinās. He shows with a wealth of individual examples that the commonalities between ancient Egyptian and Arabic might be much stronger than has previously been acknowledged. Set against a discussion of Eurocentrism in Egyptology, the book will be of great interest for Egyptologists, researchers from comparative literature and all those who seek to develop new routes into the study of ancient Egypt, beyond Western models.” (Richard Bussmann, Professor of Egyptology, University of Cologne)
You can find the book proposal on my Academia website
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