SPECIAL ISSUE The Merging of Worlds: Studies in Modern Arabic-Western Literary Interaction Guest Editors: Milan V. Dimić & Muhammad A. Deeb Introduction Earle Waugh 5 Alexandria as E.M. Forster’s Rainbow Bridge to the Middle East & India: A Comparative Inquiry Muhammad A. Deeb 10 Some Thoughts on Traditional Hausa Aesthetics, and on Arabic Influence on Yoruba and Hausa Writing Traditions in Nigeria Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah 24 The Book of Khalid: A Genetic Study Layla Maleh 52 Re-Imagining Purposive Journeys: Rihla in Canadian-Middle-Eastern Immigrant Writing Earle Waugh 66 Arab Women’s Literary Inscriptions Evelyne Accad 89 Fundamental Violence: Postcolonial Paradoxes in the Fiction of Tahar Ben Jelloun Christopher Gibbons 110 The Love of a Woman and a Nation: Desire, Progress, and Reform in Salim al-Bustani’s al-Huyām fi jinān al-Shām Stephen Sheehi 127 Le dynamisme de l’éducation, du mariage et de la profession de la femme dans Le Printemps Désespéré et Violets Sonia Ghattas-Soliman 146 The Conception of the poème en prose in Modern Arabic Poetry: Native Tradition and French Influence Muhammad A. Deeb 174