Life as a play. Eye doctor and street buffoon -- Court panegyrist and jester -- Satirist and shadow playwright -- Legacy and controversy. The making of the Arabic shadow play -- The ornament of the poetry -- The many faces of a performer -- The play. The phantom: a shadow play
Drawing on medieval Arabic sources and earlier scholarship, this book is a study of the life and work of Ibn D niy l (d. 1310). It also presents the first full English translation of his shadow play "The Phantom."