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The Islamic context of the Thousand and one nights, Mushin J. al-Musawi

Label
The Islamic context of the Thousand and one nights
Title
The Islamic context of the Thousand and one nights
Statement of responsibility
Mushin J. al-Musawi
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In this fascinating study, Muhsin J. al-Musawi shows how deeply Islamic heritage and culture is embedded in the tales of The Thousand and One Nights (known to many as the Arabian Nights) and how this integration invites readers to make an Islamic milieu. Conservative Islam dismisses The Thousand and One Nights as facile popular literature, and liberal views disregard the rich Islamic context of the text. Approaching the text with a fresh and unbiased eye, al-Musawi reads the tales against Islamic schools of thought and theology and recovers persuasive historical evidence to reveal the cultural and religious struggle over Islam that drives the book's narrative tension and binds its seemingly fragmented stories. Written by a number of authors over a stretch of centuries, The Thousand and One Nights depicts a burgeoning, urban Islamic culture in all its variety and complexity. As al-Musawi demonstrates, the tales document their own places and periods of production, reflecting the Islamic individual's growing exposure to a number of entertainments and temptations and their conflict with the obligations of faith. Aimed at a diverse audience, these stories follow a narrative arc that begins with corruption and ends with redemption, conforming to a paradigm that concurs with the sociological and religious concerns of Islam and the Islamic state. By emphasizing Islam in his analysis of these entertaining and instructional tales, al-Musawi not only illuminates the work's consistent equation between art and life, but he also sheds light on its underlying narrative power. His study offers a brilliant portrait of medieval Islam as well, especially its social, political, and economic institutions and its unique practices of storytelling."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mūsawī, Muḥsin Jāsim
Dewey number
398.220953
Index
index present
LC call number
PJ7737
LC item number
.M75 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Islam in literature
  • Arabic literature
  • Arabic literature
Label
The Islamic context of the Thousand and one nights, Mushin J. al-Musawi
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-317) and index
Contents
Introduction: is there an Islamic context for the Thousand and one nights? -- The Islamic factor in global times -- The unifying Islamic factor -- The age of Muslim empire and the burgeoning of a text -- The changing order: the role of the public in the Thousand and one nights -- Nonreligious displacements in popular tradition -- The public role in Islamic narrative theorizations -- Scheherazade's nonverbal narratives in religious contexts -- Conclusions
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 334 p.
Isbn
9780231519465
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2008039653
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2427304-01umb_inst
  • 2451217
  • (Sirsi) i9780231146340
  • (OCoLC)248538979
Label
The Islamic context of the Thousand and one nights, Mushin J. al-Musawi
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-317) and index
Contents
Introduction: is there an Islamic context for the Thousand and one nights? -- The Islamic factor in global times -- The unifying Islamic factor -- The age of Muslim empire and the burgeoning of a text -- The changing order: the role of the public in the Thousand and one nights -- Nonreligious displacements in popular tradition -- The public role in Islamic narrative theorizations -- Scheherazade's nonverbal narratives in religious contexts -- Conclusions
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 334 p.
Isbn
9780231519465
Isbn Type
(e-book)
Lccn
2008039653
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2427304-01umb_inst
  • 2451217
  • (Sirsi) i9780231146340
  • (OCoLC)248538979

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