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PERIODICAL LITERATURE. It is a prodigious, if not impossible, exercise to circumscribe "Islamic periodical literature." The tradition of Orientalist scholarship long employed the term "Arabic literature" as a synonym for "Islamic literature," extending this to a degree to literature in Turkish and Farsi. Urdu and Malay, however, did not receive the attention owed to the two major languages of nearly half the world's Muslims. For present purposes, we will define Islamic literature as the body of ...more

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