The Middle Eastern Press as a Forum for Literature

by Horst Unbehaun (Volume editor)
©2004 Edited Collection 276 Pages


Research on Middle Eastern press is of great importance for comparative historical studies. Many editors of newspapers and magazines were not only journalists, but also writers, poets, thinkers and politicians. These intellectual leaders used non-official journals as a means of accelerating public discourse on reforms in the Ottoman Empire and later on in its successor states. Introducing new genres of literature to the Middle East they serialized novels, short stories and travelogues, experimented with new kinds of poetry and let satire blossom.
The 15 contributors approach this thematics from different perspectives: Some concentrate on certain newspapers, literary journals or satirical magazines, others centre on the biographies of editors or writers. Although the main focus of this book is on the Ottoman and Persian press until 1914, some articles extend this scope to include Post-Ottoman Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Cyprus.


ISBN (Softcover)
Presse Literatur Kongress Bamberg (2001) Osmanisches Reich Irak Pressegeschichte Naher Osten Ägypten Zypern Persien Geschichte 1840-1960 Literaturgeschichte Naher Osten Naher Osten
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2004. 276 pp., 10 fig.

Biographical notes

Horst Unbehaun (Volume editor)

The Editor: Horst Unbehaun is a professor at the Georg-Simon-Ohm-University of Applied Sciences in Nuremberg. He received a doctorate degree in 1995 at Bamberg University. Between 1996 and 2001 he lectured as an assistant at the Department of Modern Middle East Studies at Erlangen-Nürnberg University. His main interests of research are modern Turkish studies, the history of the Anatolian press, and Muslim migration to Europe.


Title: The Middle Eastern Press as a Forum for Literature