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Sudanese Proverbs by Muna Ibrahim Zaki
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it was amazing

About the best $10 I've spent! Every page provides fascinating insights into Sudanese culture as well as the Sudanese dialect of Arabic and regional/obscure vocabulary. In addition to clear explanations of the proverbs' meaning, each of 560 entries includes Arabic script+transliteration+translation; having all 4 side by side is solid gold for a student of the language. But you don't need to be interested in Arabic or know any Arabic to appreciate. Some entries have multiple paragraphs explaining the backstory to a proverb as rooted in Arabic or Sudanese literature or folklore like the character Juha.

A handful of the selections towards the end reflect patriarchy and domestic violence or oppression of women. The author places them in context and clearly included for anthropological/ethnographic sake rather than moral value.

But the majority of the proverbs are whimsical, humorous, wise or philosophical, and surprisingly resonant in 21st century.

ahlak kaan kilaab, sawwi leek Danab
If your relatives are dogs, make a tail for yourself
"This proverb encourages people to comply with the customs and traditions of the society that they grew up in. Another version is If your relatives are dogs, bark with them."
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Reading Progress

December 9, 2016 – Shelved
December 9, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
November 15, 2017 – Started Reading
November 15, 2017 –
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November 18, 2017 –
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November 23, 2017 –
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November 24, 2017 – Finished Reading

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