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The Thousand and One Nights in Arabic Literature and Society

The Thousand and One Nights in Arabic Literature and Society

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Fedwa Malti-Douglas, André Miquel, Jamel Eddine Bencheikh, Roy P. Mottahedeh, Seeger A. Bonebakker, Muhsin Mahdi, Stanislav Segert
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  • Date Published: April 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521573979

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  • The Thousand and One Nights has captivated audiences for centuries, conveying universal messages through the adventures of both historical and nonhistorical figures. Yet, since medieval times, it has not been considered worthy of serious literary debate, and has been marginalized in the tradition of high Arabic literature. This book has successfully defied this taboo and in a brilliant combination of medieval and modern studies has emphasized the continuity, rather than the compartmentalization of Arabo-Islamic culture.

    • Original analysis which examines literary and societal context
    • Written in honour of the winner of 12th Giorgio Della Vida Biennial conference
    • Leading Middle East scholars make up contributory list
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The seven essays in this conference volume offer a wide range of methodological approaches..." David Pinault, Journal of the American Oriental Society

    "The contributors `examine the literature and societal components of The Thousand and One Nights, and they bring to the fore unusual insights into this rather bewildering but always fascinating corpus of literature." Religious Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521573979
    • length: 130 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Fedwa Malti-Douglas
    1. The Thousand and One Nights in Arabic literature and society André Miquel
    2. Historical and mythical Baghdad in the tale of Ali b. Bakkar and Shams al-Nahar, or the resurgence of the imaginary Jamel Eddine Bencheikh
    3. Aja'ib in The Thousand and One Nights Roy P. Mottahedeh
    4. Shahrazad Feminist Fedwa Malti-Douglas
    5. Nihil obstat in storytelling? Seeger A. Bonebakker
    6. From history to fiction: the tale told by the King's steward in The Thousand and One Nights Muhsin H. Mahdi
    7. Ancient Near Eastern traditions in The Thousand and One Nights Stanislav Segert.

  • Authors

    Richard Hovannisian, University of California, Los Angeles

    Georges Sabagh, University of California, Los Angeles


    Fedwa Malti-Douglas, André Miquel, Jamel Eddine Bencheikh, Roy P. Mottahedeh, Seeger A. Bonebakker, Muhsin Mahdi, Stanislav Segert

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