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Fictitious Capital: Silk, Cotton, and the Rise of the Arabic Novel

Elizabeth M. Holt


The ups and downs of silk, cotton and stocks synchopated with serialized novels in the late nineteenth-century Arabic press; time itself was changing. Khalīl al-Khūrī, Salīm al-Bustānī, Yūsuf al-Shalfūn, Jurjī Zaydān and Yaʿqūb Ṣarrūf wrote novels of debt, dissimulation, and risk, increasingly legible as tools of French and British empire unseating the Ottoman legacy in Beirut, Cairo and beyond. As silk dominated Beirut’s markets and the hopes of its reading public, Cairo speculated in cotton shares, real estate and the stock market, which crashed in 1907. Hoping against fear, at the turn of t ... More

Keywords: Arabic novel, Beirut, Cairo, capitalism, cotton, silk, Salīm al-Bustānī, Khalīl al-Khūrī, Yaʿqūb Ṣarrūf, Jurjī Zaydān

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823276028
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823276028.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth M. Holt, author
Bard College