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Author Sajdi, Dana, author

Title The barber of Damascus : nouveau literacy in the eighteenth-century Ottoman Levant / Dana Sajdi
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
Summary Shihāb al-Dīn Aḥmad Ibn Budayr shaved and coiffed, and probably circumcised and healed, in Damascus in the eighteenth century. The barber wrote a history book, a chronicle of the events that took place in his city during his lifetime. Examining the 'life and work' of Ibn Budayr, the book uncovers the emergence of a larger trend of history writing by unusual authors - people outside the learned establishment - and identifies a new phenomenon: nouveau literacy. The book also discusses the social and literary aspects of nouveau literacy within the context of a changing social, political, and urban topography in the eighteenth-century Levant
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from home page (viewed on November 27, 2013)
Subject Budayrī, Aḥmad, active 18th century.
Arabic prose literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Barbers -- Syria -- Damascus -- Biography.
Literature and society -- Middle East -- History -- 18th century.
Middle East -- History -- 18th century -- Historiography.
Middle East -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804788286
9780804788281 (ebook)