Classical Arabic Stories: An Anthology

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bySalma Khadra Jayyusi

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Short fiction was an immensely popular art in the medieval and premodern Arab world, providing the perfect vehicle for transmitting the tenets of classical Islam. Reading these texts today illuminates the wide spectrum of early Arab life and suggests the influences and innovations that flourished so vibrantly in medieval Arab society. The only resource of its kind, Salma Khadra Jayyusi's Classical Arabic Stories chooses from an impressive corpus, including excerpts from six seminal works: Ibn Tufail's novel, Hayy ibn Yaqzan ; Ibn al-Muqaffa's Kalila wa Dimna ; The Misers of al-Jahiz ; The Brethren of Purity's The Protest of Animals Against Man ; Al-Maqamat (The Assemblies), and the epic romance, Sayf Bin Dhi Yazan . Jayyusi organizes her anthology thematically, beginning with a presentation of pre-Islamic tales, the stories of rulers and other notables, and thrilling narratives of danger and warfare. She follows with tales of religion, comedy, the strange and the supernatural, and love. Long assumed to be the lesser achievement in comparison to Arabic literature's most celebrated genre& mdash;poetry& mdash;classical Arabic fiction, under Jayyusi's careful eye, finally receives its proper debut, demonstrating its unparalleled contribution to the evolution of medieval literature and its sophisticated representation of Arabic culture and life.

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Short fiction was an immensely popular art in the medieval and premodern Arab world, providing the perfect vehicle for transmitting the tenets of classical Islam. Reading these texts today illuminates the wide spectrum of early Arab life and suggests the influences and innovations that flourished so vibrantly in medieval Arab society. ...

Salma Khadra Jayyusi is the author of the two-volume Trends and Movements in Modern Arabic Poetry and the editor of Modern Arabic Fiction: An Anthology; Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology; Anthology of Modern Palestinian Literature; The Legacy of Muslim Spain, and general editor of the award-winning The City in the Islamic World...
Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 21, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231520271

ISBN - 13:9780231520270

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
I. Pre-Islamic Tales
II. Tales of Rulers and Other Notable Persons
III. Tales of Danger and Warfare
IV. Tales of Religion
V. Comic Tales: Tales of Juha
Other Comic Tales
VI. Tales of the Strange or Supernatural
VII. Tales of Love
VIII. Excerpts from Seven Major Classical Works
Notes on the Translators
Index

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Dr. Jayyusi's anthology is a good contribution to Arabic literature in English translation. It demonstrates, among other things, that the art of classical Arabic prose narratives is worthy of deeper study by scholars...