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The Thirsty Sword: Sirat Antar and the Arabic Popular Epic

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Explores the popular epic of Arabic storytelling by focusing on a particular example, The Life Story of 'Antar, purporting to recount the life of the famous pre-Islamic Arab poet and warrior. Considers the poem in the context of Arabic oral tradition and the storytelling of other Islamic peoples, including Persian, Turkish, Swahili, and other African and Asian tongues. Also identifies the influence of western medieval and Renaissance epics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874805154
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1996
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration and Dates
Acknowledgments
1 The Modern "Discovery" of Sirat Antar 3
2 The History of Antara, Antar, and Sirat Antar 22
3 The Narration of Sirat Antar 31
4 Literary Context and Literary History 43
5 The Heroic Cycle 67
6 Use of the Heroic Cycle: Compositional Principles 89
7 Compositional Models and Description 101
8 Compositional Models and Narrative Generation: The Battle Scene 123
9 The Uses of History 149
10 Directions for Future Research 165
App. I A Summary of Sirat Antar 168
App. II Sirat Antar in Manuscript and Print 232
App. III Introduction to the Topkapi Manuscript (no. 1145) 240
App. IV Lion Descriptions 244
App. V The Lion Fight Scene 249
Notes 254
Bibliography 287
Index 315
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