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Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition: Discovery, Deliverance and Delusion

Philip F. Kennedy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474413725
eISBN:
9781474427081
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413725.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

The recognition scene is a feature of narrative that has shown extraordinary resilience in literary history and transformative power in works of literature. The evidence lies in its robust survival ... More


Joseph and his Avatars

Philip F. Kennedy

in Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition: Discovery, Deliverance and Delusion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474413725
eISBN:
9781474427081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413725.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Given the importance of Surah 12 as the paragon of all storytelling in the Qurʾan, it should not surprise us to find refractions and transfigurations of the story in postdating religious and literary ... More


A Cognitive Reading of the Qurʾanic Story of Joseph

Philip F. Kennedy

in Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition: Discovery, Deliverance and Delusion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474413725
eISBN:
9781474427081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413725.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

We find in the Qurʾan and the life of Muaammad one of the most fascinating relationship constructs between a text and its contextual psychology in literature; at its crux is the fundamental question: ... More


Joseph in the Life of Muḥammad: Prophecy in Tafsīr (Exegesis), Sīrah (Biography) and Hadith (Tradition)

Philip F. Kennedy

in Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition: Discovery, Deliverance and Delusion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474413725
eISBN:
9781474427081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413725.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

From the epistemology of a narrative paragon, Joseph in the Qurʾan, we move on in this chapter to consider three case studies, one from each of the following genres: tafsīr, sīrah and hadith. These ... More


Imposture and Allusion in the Picaresque Maqāmah1

Philip F. Kennedy

in Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition: Discovery, Deliverance and Delusion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474413725
eISBN:
9781474427081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413725.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Recognition stories lend themselves to easy parody. A few examples exist in the Arabian Nights, depending on how one leans in interpretation. There is a case to be made that the maqāmāt (sing. ... More


Intertextuality and Reading: The Myth of Deliverance in al-Faraj baʿd al-Shiddah

Philip F. Kennedy

in Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition: Discovery, Deliverance and Delusion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474413725
eISBN:
9781474427081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413725.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

Medieval Arabic anecdote collections regularly contain pious stories of deliverance (faraj) after distress (shiddah) in which recognition inflects the relief with which such narratives tend to end. ... More


Bandits

Michael Cooperson

in Violence in Islamic Thought from the Qur'an to the Mongols

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780748694235
eISBN:
9781474412292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694235.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter deals primarily with two kinds of stories about bandits (in Arabic, anyone of whom it is said kāna yaqṭa‘u al-ṭarīq). In stories of the first kind, bandits explain why they rob ... More


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