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Interpreting al-Tha'labī's Tales of the prophets : temptation, responsibility and loss

Author: Marianna Klar
Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2009.
Series: Routledge studies in the Qurʼān, 9.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Klar gives a compelling examination of the prophets Job, Saul, David, Noah and Solomon as portrayed in Tha'labi's 'Arais Al-Majalis' and questions its efficacy as a tool for the exploration for the human condition via a close analysis of the tales of the five figures.
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Klar, Marianna, 1970-
Interpreting al-Tha'labī's Tales of the prophets.
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : New York, NY : Routledge, 2009
(DLC) 2008054169
(OCoLC)289009180
Named Person: Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad Thaʻlabī
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marianna Klar
ISBN: 9780203019306 020301930X
OCLC Number: 658058394
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 249 pages).
Contents: Introduction. Sources and figures --
Texts --
Patterns and methodology --
Job the afflicted. Narratives --
Crime and punishment: Job's intrinsic arrogance --
Oedipus: Job's relationship with God --
Order and chaos: Job as sacred executioner --
Conclusions --
King Saul. Narratives --
Crime and punishment: Saul runs amok--
Oedipus: Saul as father --
Order and chaos: Saul, a victim of circumstance? --
Conclusions --
David. Narratives --
Crime and punishment: David and the glance --
David: from Oedipus to Laius --
Order and chaos: David as aspirer to the golden mean --
Conclusions --
Noah. Narratives --
Crime and punishment: Noah's contentiousness --
Oedipus: Noah, Canaan and Ham --
Order and chaos: Noah's uncomfortable utopia --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Routledge studies in the Qurʼān, 9.
Responsibility: M.O. Klar.

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Presents an examination of the Job, Saul, David and Noah figures as portrayed in "al-Tha'labi's 'Ara'is al-majalis" and other key historiographical and folkloric texts of the medieval Islamic period.  Read more...

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