Ḥikāyat Abī Al-Qāsim: A Literary Banquet (Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature) (Abridged / Paperback)

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"?ik?yat Abu al-Q?sim, probably written in the 11th century by the otherwise unknown al-Azd?, tells the story of a gate-crasher from Baghdad named Ab? al-Q?sim, who shows up uninvited at a party in Isfahan. Dressed as a holy man and reciting religious poetry, he soon relaxes his demeanour, and, growing intoxicated on wine, insults the other dinner guests and their Iranian hometown. Widely hailed as a narrative unique in the history of Arabic literature, ?ik?yah also reflects a much larger tradition of banquet texts. Painting a picture of a party-crasher who is at once a holy man and a rogue, he is a figure familiar to those who have studied the ancient cynic tradition or other portrayals of wise fools, tricksters and saints in literatures from the Mediterranean and beyond. This study therefore compares ?ik?yah, a mysterious text surviving in a single manuscript, to other comical banquet texts and party-crashing characters, both from contemporary Arabic literature and from Ancient Greece and Rome."

About the Author

Emily Selove is a lecturer in Medieval Arabic Literature at the University of Exeter. She is the translator of al-Khatib al-Baghdadi's 11th-century work on party-crashing, The Art of Party-Crashing in Medieval Iraq.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781474426381
ISBN-10: 1474426387
Abridged: Yes
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Pages: 216
Language: English
Series: Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature