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The Thirsty Sword: Sirat 'Antar and the Arabic Popular Epic
Explores the popular epic of Arabic storytelling by focusing on a particular example, The Life Story of 'Antar, purporting to recount the life of the famous pre-Islamic Arab poet and warrior. Considers the poem in the context of Arabic oral tradition and the storytelling of other Islamic peoples, in
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by University of Utah Press
(first published October 1996)
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First read when writing a paper for a Classical Arabic Lit class I took in Cairo. My favorite genre is of the su'luk - the men who would get kicked out of their tribe for some offense like murder or adultery and thus be condemned to die after a short, brutal life of attempting to hunt and find shelter alone in the desert. I actually wrote a short story interspersed with lines of text from su'luk poetry, which itself is a clever allusion and twist on other, older forms that were very stereotyped ...more