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The Tale of al-Barraq Son of Rawhan and Layla the Chaste: A bilingual edition and study

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The Tale of al-Barrāq Son of Rawhān and Laylā the Chaste: A bilingual edition and study

Marlé Hammond

This book is a bilingual edition and study of a lengthy specimen of pre-modern Arabic storytelling. The tale’s origins are unknown but it probably dates from the seventeenth century. As a sustained fairy tale of the knight-in-shining-armour-rescues-damsel-in-distress variety, it reads as fiction and was probably intended as such. However, scholars in the Arab renaissance or Nahda received the text as history ... Read more

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