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Title: The Arabian Epic: Heroic and Oral Story-telling, Volume 2: Analysis
Author: Lyons, Malcolm Cameron
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1995
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521474498
Volumes: 1; Pages: 500
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The hero cycles of Arabic belong to the literary tradition of The Arabian Nights and can be seen as the popular epics of their civilization. The Arabian Epic covers ten of the main representatives of this genre. Each of these has been developed through the processes of oral storytelling through an accumulation of narrative and folklore motifs, many of which belong to what can be seen as a universal tradition. This work is published in three volumes. The first volume introduces the background and the dimensions in which the cycles are set, while the second volume analyzes their contents and the literary formulae used in their construction, as well as listing analogues found in other literatures. The examples surveyed in the final volume provide non-Arabists with a more immediate insight into the contents of the cycles, drawing attention to their narrative coloring and texture.ContentsIntroduction to volume two1. 'Ali al-Zaibag2. Sirat 'Antar3. Sirat al-Zahir Baibars4. Sirat Bani Hilal al-Kubra5. Taghribat Bani Hilal6. Qissat Abu Zaid al-Hilali wa'l-Na'isa7. Sirat al-Amira Dhat al Himma; 8. Firuz Shah9. Sirat Saif b. Dhi Yazan10. Sirat Saif al-Tijan11. Qissat al-Zir; Narrative index; Source references; Comparative index.