Oral Poetry and Narratives from Central Arabia, Volume 17, Part 4

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Brill, 2002 - Arabic poetry - 1006 pages
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A Saudi Tribal History, the fourth volume of the authors series Oral Poetry and Narratives from Central Arabia, presents and analyses the oral traditions of the Daw sir tribal confederation in the area of W di ad-Daw sir, south of Riyadh. The introduction focusses on the tribes self-image and its symbiosis of Bedouin and sedentary strains; its internal social relations and its place in the surrounding tribal world; the impact of the Wahh bi movement and the Saudi states historical efforts to control the tribes; and the store of legends that continues to shape its collective consciousness. It is followed by the Arabic text of the poems and narratives in transcription, based on taped records, with the English translation on the facing page. This is complimented by an extensive glossary, cross-referenced to the Arabic text.

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About the author (2002)

P. Marcel Kurpershoekis a member of the Netherlands Foreign Service and Professor for Politics and Literature in the Arab World at Leiden University. In addition to his scholarly work he has published a travelogue, Arabia of the Bedouins(Saqi Books, 2001).

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