Islamic literature?

I've often heard the theory--advanced by the likes of Lebanese author Elias Khoury and Syrian poet Adonis--that Islamist are incapable of producing art or literature, that there is no such thing as Islamic or Islamist literature and that writers, in fact, present an inherent challenge to religion, and to men of religion. I was therefore curious to read, in the last issue of وجهات نظر, a review of a new book entitled الرواية الاسلامية المعاصرة (The Contemporary Islamic Novel). It's by Hilmy Mohammed al-Qa'oud, printed by Dar al-Ilm wa al-Iman lal-Nashr. Frustratingly, the review gives no examples or particulars, but it says the book analyzes works from Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Palestine, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
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Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.