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The Arabian Epic
Heroic and Oral Story-telling

Volume 1. Introduction

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Part of University of Cambridge Oriental Publications

  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521017381

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  • The hero cycles of Arabic belong to the literary tradition of The Arabian Nights and can be seen as the popular epics of their civilisation. The Arabian epic covers eleven of the main representatives of this genre. Each of these has been developed through the processes of accretive oral story-telling by means of an accumulation of narrative and folklore motifs, many of which belong to what can be seen as a universal tradition. The work is published in three volumes. The first volume introduces the background and the dimensions in which the cycles are set, while the second volume analyses their contents and the literary formulae used in their construction, as well as listing analogues found in other literatures. The epitomes surveyed in the final volume provide non-Arabists with a more immediate insight into the contents of the cycles, drawing attention to their narrative colouring and texture.

    • First account of the Arabic hero cycles placing them within literary tradition
    • Will be used as a work of reference by scholars in the field
    • Author is extremely well-known in the field and writes in interesting and accessible style
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    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521017381
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 169 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.327kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction to volume one
    Part I. Dimensions: Time and space
    Racial groups
    Social organisation, authority and the individual
    Women, love and marriage
    Background of beliefs
    Part II. Narrative Settings: War
    The sea
    Common: uncommon
    Part III. Structure
    Part IV. Narrative Agents: Minor characters
    Princes
    Heroes
    The monstrous regiment
    The Man of Wiles
    Villains
    Conclusion
    Select bibliography
    Abbreviations used in indices
    Index of names
    Index of places.

  • Author

    M. C. Lyons, University of Cambridge

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