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A Muslim Suicide

Bensalem Himmich (author) Roger Allen (translator)

ISBN: 9780815609667

Publication Date: May 2012

Format: Paperback

Award-winning novelist Bensalem Himmich’s third novel to be translated into English is a vertiginous exploration of one of Islam’s most radical thinkers, the Sufi philosopher Ibn Sab’in. Born in Spain, he was forced to emigrate to Africa because of his controversial views. Set against the backdrop of a politically charged thirteenth-century Islamic world, Himmich’s novel is a rich blend of fact and imagination that re-creates the intellectual debates of the time.
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Award-winning novelist Bensalem Himmich’s third novel to be translated into English is a vertiginous exploration of one of Islam’s most radical thinkers, the Sufi philosopher Ibn Sab‘in. Born in Spain, he was forced to immigrate to Africa because of his controversial views. Later expelled from Egypt, Ibn Sab‘in made his way to Mecca, where he spent his final years.

Himmich follows the philosopher’s journey, outlining an array of characters he meets along the way who usher in debates of identity and personal responsibility through their interactions and relationships with Ibn Sab‘in. Set against the backdrop of a politically charged thirteenth-century Islamic world, Himmich’s novel is a rich blend of fact and imagination that re-creates the intellectual debates of the time. As the culture of prosperity and tradition was giving way to the chaos created by political and social instability, many Arabs, as Ibn Sab‘in does in the novel, turned inward toward a spiritual search for meaning. In his fictional portrait of Ibn Sab‘in, Himmich succeeds in creating a character, with his many virtues and flaws, to whom all readers can relate.

Pages 424
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Date Published 30 May 2012
Publisher Syracuse University Press
Subject/s Fiction   Middle East  
Bensalem Himmich is a novelist, philosopher, and poet who has taught philosophy at Muhammad V University in Rabat, Morocco. He received the 2002 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for The Polymath. He is currently serving as the Min¬ister for Culture in Morocco.

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