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Tales of Juha: Clasic Arab Folk Humour (International Folk Tales)

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Juha is an old Arab comic literary figure around whom countless anecdotes were written. He appears variously as preacher and beggar, thief and honest man, judge and social critic, Jester and charlatan. While the subject matter is Arab or otherwise Islamic, the humor transcends national and cultural boundaries.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by Interlink Books (first published October 17th 2006)
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I love this. If my brothers and I at any time were boastful or they were trying too hard to act macho, my family would ask them if they were trying to be like Antar (Antar and Abla, in my mother's words, are like the Romeo and Juliet of the Middle East; Antar was well known for chivalry and bravado etc. etc.). Juha is another character (like Antar) who's widely known through the Arab world. As my father put it, if an
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Aug 14, 2016 James F rated it liked it
A collection of mediaeval Arabic humorous folk anecdotes attached to the name of Juha, a sort of Arab Till Eulenspiegal. Some are funny, some not so funny, some old chestnuts we have all heard a thousand times attached to other characters, few that anyone would find offensive. There is a certain amount of satire of wealth and political corruption. A quick, fun read.
Jun 21, 2014 Ðɑηηɑ rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Every religious bud/child who likes humor - no matter what religion, Juha comes in all forms
Juha comes in many versions, I know the Jewish-African Juha and the East-European Hershale. Both classic Juha. So, so humoristic!
Grady McCallie
Nov 10, 2013 Grady McCallie rated it really liked it
This brief book - easily read in an evening -- collects translated versions of various jokes and short folktales about the Arabic trickster/ character Juha. The collection is edited by Salma Khadra Jayyusi, which is what initially brought me to it - she's edited a long list of other excellent anthologies. She has a short introduction explaining how the book came to be; another introduction unfortunately focuses fruitlessly on the nature of the humor in the stories - humor is almost always pointl ...more
Aoitif Mourchid
Oct 13, 2015 Aoitif Mourchid rated it it was amazing
Amazingly wonderful! I remember these as being my favorite childhood tales that I read in Arabic. It's time now to revisit them in English. Great work is done here by the remarkable Salma Jayyusi. I truly respect this academic for being such a great representative of Arabic literature in particular and the Arabian heritage in general.
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Salma Khadra Jayyusi (born 1926 or 1927) is a Jordanian-Palestinian poet, writer, translator and anthologist. She is the founder and director of the Project of Translation from Arabic (PROTA), which aims to provide translation of Arabic literature into English.

In 1960, she published her first poetry collection, Return from the Dreamy Fountain. In 1970, she received her PhD on Arabic literature fro
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