A Motif Index of The Thousand and One Nights

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Indiana University Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 678 pages
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In 1704 the French Orientalist Antoin Galland introduced to the Western world a translation of The Thousand and One Nights. Over the course of two subsequent centuries, numerous editions followed. Many of these, like Galland’s, included texts of stories not found in the indigenous manuscripts of the Nights but selected by the European editors from other literary and oral collections of ordinary folktales and legends. Thus, the original work acquired a Western designation as The Arabian Nights, a title unknown among the masses in Arab lands. Now, three centuries later, original publication of The Thousand and One Nights is being celebrated with widespread, renewed interest in the work. Hasan El-Shamy’s motif-index, based on an authentic folk edition of Alf laylah wa laylah, provides scholars of various fields accurate information about the content of this classic piece of Arabic folk tradition.

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Contents

INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS
1
by Hasan M ElShamy
10
Arabic Text
16
A MYTHOLOGICAL AND RELATED BEUEF MOTIFS
23
B ANIMALS
34
TABU
42
MAGIC AND SIMILAR SUPERNATURAL OCCURRENCES
48
E THE DEAD
63
Q REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS
286
R CAPTIVES AND FUGITIVES
301
S UNNATURAL CRUELTY
308
T SEX
314
THE NATURE OF LIFE
358
REUGION AND REUGIOUS SERVICES
371
W TRAITS OF CHARACTER
389
HUMOR
412

G OGRES AND SATAN
104
J THE WISE AND THE FOOLISH
120
K DECEPTIONS
150
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
178
N CHANCE AND FATE
191
P SOCIETY
209
Other References to Motifs
443
Alphabetical Index of Motifs
451
Register of Taletypes
657
Other References to Taletypes
669
Supplementary General Index
677
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About the author (2006)

Hasan El-Shamy is Professor of Folklore, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and African Studies at Indiana University. He is author of several books, including Types of the Folktale in the Arab World (IUP, 2004), Tales Arab Women Tell (IUP, 1999), and Folk Traditions of the Arab World: A Guide to Motif Classifications (IUP, 1995).

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