Mujun: Libertinism in Medieval Muslim Society and Literature

Mujun: Libertinism in Medieval Muslim Society and Literature

by Zoltan Szombathy

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Mujun: Libertinism in Medieval Muslim Society and Literature by Zoltan Szombathy

This book is about an aspect of mediaeval Arabic culture and literature known in Arabic as mujun (roughly 'libertinism, licentiousness, frivolity, indecency, profligacy, shamelessness, impertinence', etc.), a concept that students of mediaeval Arabic texts may find rather hard to define but which is a recurrent term and a widespread phenomenon in mediaeval Arabic literature, and probably common in real life. The social implications and the background of mujun are focussed on in an attempt to learn what the popularity of mujun during a specific period of the mediaeval Middle East can tell us about the society and the culture that produced such works. It is a study of the society in which such literature flourished, of the values and norms of that society, and of the majin (the man who does or writes mujun) rather than of mujun in itself. The author uses many excepts from primary source texts to explore the nature, concepts and content of mujun, including its vernacular language, religious irreverance and not infrequent indecency of subject matter, within its socio-religious context. It provides a critical inventory of the varied motifs of mujun in literature so as to define this elusive term by way of an accumulation of concrete examples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780906094617
Publisher: Gibb Memorial Trust, The
Publication date: 11/22/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contents:

Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. NORMS AND VALUES IN MEDIAEVAL MUSLIM SOCIETY
1. Ideals and Actual Behaviour
2. Some Enduring Values in Mediaeval Muslim Society
3. A Preliminary Definition of Mujūn

2. THE MOTIFS OF MUJŪN : RELIGION
1. An Omnipresent Religious Culture
2. Quran and ÍadÐths
3. The Stuff of a Sound Education: Religious Disciplines,Theology, and Islamic History
4. The Religious Obligations
5. Images of Afterlife
6. Hyperboles in Praise Poetry
7. Genuine Mujūn: A Provisional Summary

3. THE MOTIFS OF MUJŪN : DECENCY AND PROPRIETY
1. Breaches of the Norms of Proper Conduct
2. Images of Sexuality
3. Stylistic Features: Punning, Double Entendre, Obscenity, and Parody

4. THE RECEPTION OF MUJŪN
1. The Reception of Mujūn
2. Sanctions and Rewards
3. Regional Differences in the Reception of Mujūn

5. MUJŪN, VALUES AND NORMS
1. Mujūn vis-à-vis Dominant Values
2. The Sociology of Mujūn

Afterword: On Defining Mujūn
Sources
Index

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