Abu Jmeel's Daughter and Other Stories: Arab Folk Tales from Palestine and Lebanon

Overview

These 27 traditional folk stories were written down, shortly before her death, by Jamal Sleem Nuweihed, who had recounted them to the children of her extended family over many years. Authentically Arab in their themes, yet timelessly universal, they are sometimes magical, sometimes naturalistic, and combine a wealth of vivid detail with elements of pathos and humor. Translated by family members of various generations, then expertly edited, the book is a precious store of the kind of tale endlessly cherished but ...
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Overview

These 27 traditional folk stories were written down, shortly before her death, by Jamal Sleem Nuweihed, who had recounted them to the children of her extended family over many years. Authentically Arab in their themes, yet timelessly universal, they are sometimes magical, sometimes naturalistic, and combine a wealth of vivid detail with elements of pathos and humor. Translated by family members of various generations, then expertly edited, the book is a precious store of the kind of tale endlessly cherished but in danger of disappearing.
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This satisfying group of tales was collected by Nuweihed, a novelist, and edited by her niece, Salma Jayyusi, who directs a translation center for works in Arabic in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The tales are introduced by Remke Druk (Arabic, U. of Leiden, The Netherlands) who compares them to folk stories in Europe and elsewhere. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566564182
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: International Folk Tales Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vi
Introduction xii
1. Clever Hasan 1
2. Rummana 12
3. Qamar al-Zamaan and Shams al-Dunya 28
4. Nani, Daughter of Nani 49
5. Jubaybani 63
6. The Shrieking Nightingale 77
7. Sitt al-Boudour from beyond the Seven Seas 93
8. Amina 111
9. Women's Wiles Beat Men's Wiles 126
10. Mine to Use, As I Choose 136
11. The Fawwal's Daughter 146
12. Marzouq the Woodcutter 156
13. Hassan al-Waqqad 171
14. The Black Goat 189
15. Hajji Brumbock 196
16. The Poor Cousin 216
17. Sons of the Wealthy, Daughters of the Poor 228
18. The Most Eligible Bachelor 239
19. Abu Jmeel's Daughter 251
20. The Cat of Cats 264
21. Never Betray the One Who Trusts You 272
22. The Patient Woman and the Peevish Prince 280
23. The Midwife's Daughter and the Bandit 286
24. Prince Naas 293
25. Aunt Zaynab 301
26. The Tailor's Daughter 320
27. The Golden Shoe 333
Endnotes 346
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