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Culture and the Natural Environment

Culture and the Natural Environment: Ancient and Modern Middle Eastern Texts

Sharif S. Elmusa (Editor)

This pioneering, multidisciplinary volume, explores a rich constellation of ideas toward the natural environment in the Middle East and their philosophical, political, historical and gendered roots. It does this through close textual analyses of the Epic of Gilgamesh (Sharif Elmusa), Hayy Ibn Yazan and Robinson Cruzo (Robert Switzer), the Letter of the Animals (Elizabeth Sartain), and modern Egyptian fiction (Maysa Hayward).
These are framed by an editor’s introduction and an article by John McNeill, author of Something New under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth Century, winner of 2001 World History Association Book Award.