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Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Pierre Cachia

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640867
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653300 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.001.0001
Exploring Arab Folk Literature

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The character and range of Arab folk literature are investigated in this collection. Arranged into three sections, the book looks first at historical developments in the relationship between Arab folk literature and that of the elite, the gradual elaboration of certain genres, and the producers of folk literature. It then devotes a substantial section to the consideration of single or related texts. Finally, the book searches for evidence of social and cultural implications and for differences of attitudes of folk and elite towards sensitive issues. The book features a standardised transcription system based on pronunciation of the language — far more suited for oral forms of literature.

Keywords: Arab folk literature; sensitive issues; standardised transcription system; pronunciation; character; range; historical developments; elite Arab literature; genres; folk literature

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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