Tradition and Modernity in the works of the critic Ez Al-Deen Ismael


This paper deals with the question of tradition and modernity as debated in the works of the critic Ez Al-Deen Ismael. I tackled the theoretical framework of this issue in the following books: Literature and its Arts, The Aesthetic Principles of Arabic Criticism, Contemporary Arabic Poetry: Issues and Artistic and Thematic Phenomena, and Poetry in the Revolutionary Age. The ultimate aim behind examining these works is to show the author treated the traditional Arabic cultural heritage in the light of imported Western modernity.