AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 5, Number4. October  2021                                Pp. 2-16
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol5no4.1

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In a Melting Pot of Autobiography: Pickthall’s With the Turk in Wartime and the Cause of Islam 

Ebtisam Ali Sadiq
Department of English language and Literature
King Saud University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Email: esadiq@ksu.edu.sa

 

Received: 8/22/2021               Accepted: 9/12/2021              Published:   10/24/2021

 

Abstract:
Marmaduke Pickthall, a half-forgotten British novelist of the early twentieth century, has come back to the spotlight over the past few years. His Near Eastern novels and short stories have started to receive attention in contemporary scholarship but not his two autobiographies. This essay aims at tackling the more neglected piece of the two, With the Turk in Wartime, that deserves attention because of its intricate amalgamation of several features of the genre of autobiography as manifested across its history within the tradition of English literature. Analysis finds that Pickthall’s autobiography has some Romantic, Victorian, and Modern elements as well as some old characteristics of the genre elaborately interwoven into its structure. The study also traces the use that Pickthall makes of this unique autobiography and how the commingling of diverse elements allows him to turn a usually subjective genre into a public cause and dedicate it to the service of Islam. This essay highlights both the diversity that the literary history of the genre lends to Pickthall’s autobiography and the socio-political service it renders to the faith that the author has long esteemed and will ultimately convert to not long after writing this autobiography.
Keywords: Autobiography, Marmaduke Pickthall, With the Turk in Wartime

Cite as:  Sadiq, E. A. (2021).  In a Melting Pot of Autobiography: Pickthall’s With the Turk in Wartime and the Cause of Islam.
Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 5 (4) 2-16.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol5no4.1

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Received: 8/22/2021 
Accepted: 9/12/2021 
Published: 10/24/2021
http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol5no4.1
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Ebtisam Ali Sadiq: Professor of English at the Department of English language and Literature, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Studied Master at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and PhD at Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan. Promoted to the rank of Professor at King Saud University in 1997. Author of: Marmaduke Pickthall Reinstated: What Canon? And several articles on Romantic, Victorian and Modern Literature.
ORCiD ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5495-6612