The novel is one of the most important modern literary arts as it is a formation of life by relying on human events represented by characters interacting with the events and the milieu in which they revolve, leading to social, political, philosophical, or other consequences. The novel has a high position in Arabic literature in the modern era, as this literary genre was able to reach its summit in a short period of time, and even compete with the art of poetry among the Arabs. The Arab novel appeared at the beginning of the modern era after the contact of Arab culture with Western culture, and this was mainly through educational missions sent to Europe, and the translation of some works of fiction into Arabic. After the movement of translation came the movement of writing the novel out of the Arab special entity, and this was according to the social, economic, and cultural situation, noting that all these cases follow the prevalent political conditions. Hence the need came for writers to narrate the events that they contemporaneously lived, and the writers did not stop at the imaginary thought by representing the events of their time, but rather they began to treat the social reality of human beings through the ideas that they present in their literary works. They thus motivated the people of their country to stand in the face of those who rob them of their own rights, and in this way works of fiction came to communicate real issues. This conference came as an attempt by the Department of Arabic Language at Allama Iqbal Open University to contribute to shedding more light on the transformations, growth, and development of the modern novel. So, we look forward for your participation in this field.

Note: The research should not have been previously published and must be related to one of the conference themes.

Themes of the Conference

1- The Arab novel: its origins, the horizon of renewal and continuity (authentication and modernity, the novel and societal changes).

10- The impact of philosophical trends on the modern Arab novel.

2. Characteristics of the modern Arab novel.

11- Women’s novel and Arab women’s issues.

3- The overlap of genres among the novel, the story and the biography in the modern novel.

12- Influences between the Arab novel and the Western novel.

4.      The historical trend in the modern Arabic novel: genesis and concepts, Media, and experiences.

13- Comparative literary studies: Urdu, Arabic and English Novels.

5.      The Social Trend in the Modern Arabic Novel: Origins and Concepts, Media, and Experiences.

14 – Biography in the Arab novel in the works of politicians and symbols of society.

6.      Narrative alterations in the modern novel.

15- The humanistic trend in the Arab novel.

7.      Arab revolutionary movements and national issues in the modern novel

16. The global novel translated into Arabic: its forms, language, themes, and aesthetics.

8. The image of women and children in the Arabic novel


9- The Arab novel in Pakistan in the second half of the twentieth century.


The Organizers

Prof. Dr. Nasir Mahmoud

Vice Chancellor
Patron of the Conference

Prof. Dr. Mohy Uddin Hashmi

Dean F/o Arabic & Islamic Studies

Conference Supervisor:

Dr. Abdul Majeed Baghdadi

Chairman, Department of Arabic

Chairman of the Conference

Dr. Hafiz Haris Saleem

Lecturer, Department of Arabic

Coordinator of the Conference


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