Close Relationships: Incest and Inbreeding in Classical Arabic Literature

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I.B.Tauris, Jun 11, 2005 - Literary Collections - 278 pages
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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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Contents

Stunted Nobility
7
Magian Marriages
36
Islamic Incest Regulations
78
Incest in Legend and Literature
122
Dreams
172
Epilogue
181
Notes
187
Bibliography
237
Index
269
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Geert Jan van Gelder is Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford.

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