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The Tale of al-Barrāq son of Rawḥān and Laylā the Chaste : a bilingual edition and study

Author: Marlé Hammond
Publisher: Oxford : published for The British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2020. ©2020
Series: British Academy monograph.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This book presents a bilingual edition and study of an anonymous work of early Arabic fiction set in pre-Islamic times: an Arab maiden called 'Layla the Chaste' is kidnapped and threatened with forced marriage to a Persian king. Ultimately, she is saved by her handsome and beloved cousin al-Barraq, and they marry and live happily ever after. This knight-in-shining-armour-rescues-damsel-in-distress narrative, which  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marlé Hammond
ISBN: 9780197266687 0197266681
OCLC Number: 1130364833
Language Note: In English (pages xxv-197) and Arabic (in Appendix, pages A1-A100).
Description: xxv, 197, A100 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: PrefaceAcknowledgementsAbbreviationsA Note on Transliteration and TerminologyA Note on the Manuscripts and Published EditionsA Note on the (Incorrect) Attribution of the Tale to ?Umar b. ShabbaKey Dates1: From Fiction to History and Back: The Tale, its Versions and its Afterlives2: The Tale of al-Barraq Son of Rawhan and Layla the Chaste, in English translation3: The Narrative, Its Components and its 'Novelisation'BibliographyAppendix: The Arabic Text
Series Title: British Academy monograph.
Responsibility: [edited and translated by] Marlé Hammond.

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This edition of an anonymous work of fiction reads as a transnational literary whodunnit. How did this hybrid text, blending the Arabic genres of the popular sira and the Udhri; love story with the  Read more...

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