Types of the Folktale in the Arab World
A Demographically Oriented Tale-type Index
By (author) Hasan M. El-Shamy
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Types of the Folktale in the Arab World by Hasan M. El-Shamy
Book DescriptionTypes of the Folktale in the Arab World is an index and preliminary analysis of folktales told by the diverse ethnic groups that populate what is commonly called "the Arab World." It is also a comprehensive and interdisciplinary guide to tales told in related cultural spheres, from sub-Saharan Africa to Turkey and beyond. A folktale's emergence, spread, stability, change, continued presence, or disappearance among certain social groups depends on specific psychological, social, and cultural forces. While Hasan El-Shamy has adopted the familiar tale-type classification system employed by Antti Aarne and Stith Thompson, he also seeks to remedy the Eurocentric shortcomings of their system by addressing folklore as behavior, striving to bring the psychosocial foundation for the Arab renditions to this comprehensive and inclusive index. Types of the Folktale in the Arab World is destined to become an indispensable reference work for all who are interested in Arab culture and the folktale.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253344472
(5983mm x 3971mm x 61mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Hasan M. El-Shamy
Motif Index of the 'Thousand and One Nights', Hardback (December 2006)
In 1704, the French Orientalist Galland introduced a translation of "The Thousand and One Nights". Over the course of two subsequent centuries, numerous editions followed, including texts not found in the indigenous manuscripts. This book claims to provide accurate information about the content of this classic piece of Arabic folk tradition.
Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt, Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by Hasan M. El-Shamy
Translated for the modern reader, these stories have been revived to give insight into one of the oldest civilisations. They give insight into the imagery and ideas which captivated the popular psyche in Ancient Egypt, and the cultural differences and assumptions of the storytellers about what their audiences would understand and enjoy.
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Author Biography - Hasan M. El-Shamy
Hasan El-Shamy is Professor of Folklore, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and African Studies at Indiana University. He is author of several books, including Tales Arab Women Tell (IUP, 1999) and Folk Traditions of the Arab World: A Guide to Motif Classifications (IUP, 1995).
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