The Adventures of Sayf Ben Dhi Yazan

The Adventures of Sayf Ben Dhi Yazan : An Arab Folk Epic

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A charming and agreeable surprise... A welcome gift to Western readers." -Kirkus ReviewsEditor Jayyusi offers a major example of the Arabic folk epics or romances called siras... The siras are full of heroic adventures, exotic landscapes, love affairs, friendships, supernatural dangers, magical spells, and great Arab heroes.... " -Library JournalThis text should find its place alongside the translations of other epic traditions of the world as a text well suited for use in university courses on the Middle East, world literature, epic, and folklore." -Journal of Arabic LiteratureThis colorful panorama recounts the fantastic tales of a sixth-century Arab king and offers unusual perspectives on gender, religion, race, and ethnicity. Composed between the 13th and 16th centuries and presented here in English for the first time.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 155.2 x 234.7 x 19.1mm | 522.53g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253213428
  • 9780253213426
  • 2,058,938

Table of contents

Acknowledgments by Salma Khadra JayyusiIntroduction by Harry NorrisTranslator's Introduction by Lena Jayyusi1. King Dhi Yazan2. Wahsh Al-Fala3. The Quest for the Book of the Nile4. Schemes & Revelations5. The Sword6. Weddings7. Ghouls & Giants8. Kings & Magicians9. Ailments & Remedies10. The Garden of Delights11. The Great Battle12. Retribution13. The City of MaidensGlossary of Names and PlacesAppendix: References to Arabic TextContributorsMotif Indexshow more

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"A charming and agreeable surprise ... A welcome gift to Western readers." --Kirkus Reviews "Editor Jayyusi offers a major example of the Arabic folk epics or romances called siras ... The siras are full of heroic adventures, exotic landscapes, love affairs, friendships, supernatural dangers, magical spells, and great Arab heroes..." --Library Journal "This text should find its place alongside the translations of other epic traditions of the world as a text well suited for use in university courses on the Middle East, world literature, epic, and folklore." Journal of Arabic Literature "... a saga that remains dramatically current, politically relevant, and eminently readable." Comparative Literature "Colourful panoramas of heroic feats, magical escapades, bizarre landscapes and beings, brief or long-lasting love affairs, sincere friendships all propel this Arab romance." Translation Review "The translation is enormously accomplished, a most successful attempt ... that captures the fabulous nature of the events recounted." Roger Allenshow more

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