Arabic Science Fiction

  • Ian Campbell

Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)

About this book


This book traces the roots of Arabic science fiction through classical and medieval Arabic literature, undertaking close readings of formative texts of Arabic science fiction via a critical framework developed from the work of Western critics of Western science fiction, Arab critics of Arabic science fiction and postcolonial theorists of literature. Ian Campbell investigates the ways in which Arabic science fiction engages with a theoretical concept he terms “double estrangement” wherein these texts provide social or political criticism through estrangement and simultaneously critique their own societies’ inability or refusal to engage in the sort of modernization that would lead the Arab world back to leadership in science and technology.


science fiction genre fiction genre studies cognitive estrangement allegory science fiction Western science fiction utopian literature distopian literature The Blue Flood The Conqueror of Time Talib Umran The Extinction of Man Arab literature muslim literature Islamic literature

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian Campbell
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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