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Author Blatherwick, Helen, author

Title Prophets, gods and kings in Sīrat Sayf ibn Dhī Yazan : an intertextual reading of an Egyptian popular epic / by Helen Blatherwick
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (335 pages)
Series Brill studies in Middle Eastern literatures ; volume 38
Brill studies in Middle Eastern literatures ; v. 38.
Contents Preliminary Material -- Introduction -- 1 The Text -- 2 The Prophets: Islamic Legend in Sīrat Sayf -- 3 The Gods: Sīrat Sayf and Ancient Egyptian Myth -- 4 The King: Sīrat Sayf and the Alexander Romance -- 5 Intertextual Dialogue in the Diversion of the Nile -- Appendix: Glossary of Principal Characters -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary This book is a literary, intertextual study of an Egyptian popular epic. In this innovative study, Helen Blatherwick investigates how various sources, including Islamic qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʾ ('tales of the prophets'), Pharaonic, Graeco-Roman and Coptic Egyptian myths and narratives, and recensions of the Alexander Romance function as intertexts within Sīrat Sayf . Blatherwick argues that these intertexts are deployed as narrative devices which are readily recognisable to the story's audience, and that they are significant carriers of meaning and theme. Crucially, these intertexts also interact within Sīrat Sayf to bring a conceptual continuity to its discussion of kingship and society that stretches from this late-medieval epic back to ancient Egyptian narratives
Notes Revised and expanded version of the author's thesis (doctoral)--SOAS, University of London, 2002
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 08, 2016)
Subject Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C. -- Romances -- History and criticism
Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C.
Sīrat Sayf ibn Dhī Yazan.
Sīrat Sayf ibn Dhī Yazan.
Prophets in literature.
Gods in literature.
Kings and rulers in literature.
Folk literature, Arabic -- Egypt -- History and criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Folklore & Mythology.
Folk literature, Arabic.
Gods in literature.
Kings and rulers in literature.
Prophets in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016002644
ISBN 9789004314801