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Title The adventures of Sayf ben Dhi Yazan : an Arab folk epic / translation and narration by Lena Jayyusi ; introduction by Harry Norris.

Published Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press, 1996.


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 UniM Bail  398.22089927 SIRA    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Sīrat Sayf ibn Dhī Yazan. English. Selections.
Physical description pages cm
Notes The selections in this volume cover the first 500 pages of the authorized 4-volume Arabic ed. published in Cairo by Maktabat al-Jumhūrīyah with no publication date.
"A PROTA book."
Includes index.
Summary One of the most beautiful and fascinating medieval Arab-Islamic folk romances is presented in English for the first time. For contemporary readers, The Adventures of Sayf Ben Dhi Yazan offers unusual perspectives on issues of gender, religion, race, and ethnicity, as woven into the art of an oral narrative. Composed between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries during the Mamluk age, this folk romance is still cherished by storytellers in the Middle East. Sayf Ben Dhi Yazan was a historical figure, a sixth-century Arab king who ruled in Yemen before the rise of Islam. In the tale he is presented as a Muslim warrior; his exploits range across Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan, where his Muslim followers do battle with pagan peoples.
Colorful panoramas of heroic feats, magical escapades, bizarre landscapes and beings, brief or long-lasting love affairs, sincere friendships, demonic hatreds, supernatural forces, and dark spells propel this sira - an Arabic romance in the grand tradition of The Thousand and One Nights.
Other author Jayyusi, Lena.
ISBN 0253330343 (alk. paper)