Land of Enchanters: Egyptian Short Stories from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

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The 1948 first edition, published by Harvill Press, was among the first to translate Egyptian stories into modern English without ye olde archaic affectation. In this second edition, four stories have been added and some revisions in translation have been made. The 22 stories are from ancient, Greco-Roman, Coptic, and Muslim Egypt. Names and allusions are explained in footnotes. There is no index or bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Overview

The 1948 first edition, published by Harvill Press, was among the first to translate Egyptian stories into modern English without ye olde archaic affectation. In this second edition, four stories have been added and some revisions in translation have been made. The 22 stories are from ancient, Greco-Roman, Coptic, and Muslim Egypt. Names and allusions are explained in footnotes. There is no index or bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Publishers Weekly
The revised edition of Land of Enchanters, edited by Bernard Lewis and Stanley Burstein, is well defined by its subtitle: "Egyptian Short Stories from the Earliest Time to the Present Day." The preface is informative, as are the brief introductions to the stories, which describe the travails and triumphs of royals, heroes, spirits and monsters. Typical are "The Story of Dalal," in which a princess wedded to an ogre plans an escape, and "The Island of the Serpent," wherein a shipwrecked sailor is aided by a giant serpent "plated with gold." Sales of this slim volume could get a boost if it is assigned to high schoolers and undergraduates. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Lewis (Princeton; The Arabs in History) and Burstein (California State Univ.; ed., Ancient African Civilization: Kush and Axum) have produced a fascinating collection of Egyptian stories that span 4000 years from writers of the Middle Kingdom period (2133-1786 B.C.E.) to Nobel prize winner Naguib Mahfouz and embrace ancient, Greco-Roman, Christian, and Muslim Egypt. These stories show not only the continuity of idea and spirit in Egyptian literature but also its influence; many of the motifs of wonder and cleverness appear repeatedly in the literature of other cultures. This volume has a long history; Lewis first edited it in 1948, and Burstein has revised the introductions. Especially noteworthy are the "The Tale of the Brothers" (New Kingdom), "The Story of Khamwise" (Greco-Roman), "Of Queen Charoba of Egypt and Gebirus the Metapheguian" (Murtada ibn al-Khafif, c.1200), and "Amm Mitwalli" (Mahmud Taimur, 1894-1973). A feast of literature; highly recommended. Gene Shaw, NYPL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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The 1948 first edition, published by Harvill Press, was among the first to translate Egyptian stories into modern English without ye olde archaic affectation. In this second edition, four stories have been added and some revisions in translation have been made. The 22 stories are from ancient, Greco-Roman, Coptic, and Muslim Egypt. Names and allusions are explained in footnotes. There is no index or bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558762664
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Lewis
Bernard Lewis
The Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University -- dubbed "the doyen of Middle Eastern studies," by The New York Times -- Islam expert Bernard Lewis has raised both awareness levels and eyebrows with topical bestsellers like What Went Wrong? and The Crisis of Islam.
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    1. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 31, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of London, 1936; Diplome des Etudes Semitiques, University of Paris, 1937; Ph.D., University of London,

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Foreword
Introduction 1
I Ancient Egypt 21
The Middle Kingdom 23
The Island of the Serpent 23
The Adventures of Sinuhe 29
Hyksos Period 47
Tales of the Magicians 47
The New Kingdom 55
The Tale of the Two Brothers 55
Egypt in the Persian Era 67
Rhampsinitus and the Clever Thief 67
II Greco-Roman Egypt 71
The Miracles of Khonsu 73
The Story of Khamwise 78
The Dream of Nectanebo 95
III Christian Egypt 99
Two Coptic Stories 101
Saint Pisentius and the Jealous Man 102
Saint Pisentius and the Mummy 106
IV Muslim Egypt 111
Tales of Recompense: Three stories by Ahmad ibn Yusuf ibn ad-Daya 113
A Merchant and His Wife 114
One of the Kings of India and a Merchant 117
The Midwife of Khumarawaih and Her Sister 119
Echoes of the Past: Two stories from the "Abridgement of Marvels" 122
The Image that Exposed Adulterers 123
A Visit to the Source of the Nile 125
Echoes of the Past: From the Egyptian History of Murtada ibn al-Khafif
Miraculous Stories of the Pyramids 129
Of Queen Charoba of Egypt and Gebirus the Metapheguian 134
From the Thousand and One Nights 140
The Three Walis 140
Tales of a Cairene Cook 145
The Story of Dalal 145
The Story of 'Arab-Zandiq 155
From Modern Egypt 163
'Amm Mitwalli 163
The Lawsuit 174
Half a Day 180
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