Close Relationships: Incest and Inbreeding in Classical Arabic Literature
This is a groundbreaking and comprehensive study of the diverse facts and opinions concerning incest and close-kin marriage found in literary and non-literary pre-modern Arabic texts. Incest is a motif found in lampoons, anecdotes, stories, legends, dream interpretation, and polemics with other religions, in particular the Zoroastrians, who in pre-Islamic times allegedly recommended next-of-kin marriage. Many of the relevant passages are presented as English translations in this richly documented book that will be of interest to philologists and students of Arabic literature or Islamic culture.
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Abu Nuwas Aghdni Ahmad al-Baghdadi al-Din al-Farazdaq al-Isfahani al-Jahiz al-Maqdisi al-Mascudi al-Nabulusi al-Razi al-Tabari al-Tawhidi al-Thaclabi al-Zamakhshari ancient Arabia Arabic literature aunt Bedouin Beirut brother brother's daughter cAbd Allah Cairo cAli called chapter child Christian close-kin marriage consanguinity copulation cousin cUmar custom Diwdn dream e.g. Ibn entry epic explains father Fatima forbidden degrees fornication girl hadd Ibn al-Jawzi Ibn al-Nadim Ibn al-Qayyim Ibn cAbd Ibn Habib Ibn Hazm Ibn Manzur Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya Ibn Qutayba Ibn Sirin inbreeding intercourse interpretation invective Islamic law Jarir jurists killed kinship Lisdn al-'Arab Magian marriage marrying one's means Medieval Imagination mentioned milk-relationship mother motif Muhammad Muslim Nights offspring Pahlavi passage paternal uncle Persian poem poet poetry pre-Islamic prohibition Prophet punishment quoted Qur'anic refer religion says sexual Sharh sibling sister someone stepmother story stunted Tafsir Teftir told translation verse wife woman women word Zayd Zoroastrians