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Title Arab folklore : a handbook / Dwight F. Reynolds.
Publication Info. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2007.

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 Undergraduate Library Storage  GR 268 .A73 R49 2007    CHECKED IN
Description xiv, 258 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Series Greenwood folklore handbooks.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-245) and index.
Contents Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction : Who are the Arabs? -- A brief history-- Religion in ancient Arabia -- The advent of Islam -- The Arabization of the Middle East -- Geography -- Colonialism and its aftermath -- Pronunciation guide -- Further readings on Arab culture and history -- 2. Definitions and classifications -- 3. Examples and texts -- Verbal arts -- Oral poetry -- The history of Arabic oral poetry -- Oral poetry in tribal contexts -- Yemen : the practice of poetry in everyday life -- Egypt : poetry and honor among Bedouin women -- Jordan and Saudi Arabia : poetry as oral history -- Rural and urban traditions of oral poetry -- Egypt : proverbial wisdom in intricate rhymes -- Algeria : love and romance in women's poetry -- Oral epic poetry : the epic of the Banī Hilāl -- Popular ballads of Egypt : tales of honor, murder, love, and scandal -- Muslim and Christian religious ballads of Egypt -- Arabic folk narrative -- The Thousand and One Nights -- Folk narratives from oral traditions -- Palestine : female heroines in women's folktales -- Morocco : Jewish Arab tales -- Syria : Christian and Muslim tales from Aleppo -- Tunisia : oral history, personal narrative, and legend -- Egypt : personal narratives in context --
Conversational genres : proverbs, riddles, jokes, and curses -- Proverbs from the Bedouin of the Negev and Sinai Deserts -- Maternal relatives -- Hospitality -- Proverbs from a Druze village in Lebanon -- Riddles from the United Arab Emirates -- Jokes : pan-Middle Eastern versus regional -- Juhā, Gohā, and Nasruddīn : a pan-Middle Eastern joke tradition -- Political jokes in modern Egypt -- Curses and insults from Iraq -- Forms of address in Egyptian colloquial Arabic -- Greetings and salutations : the fine art of saying hello -- Musical arts -- Introduction to Arab music : four basic concepts -- Folk musical instruments of the Arab world -- Chordophones (string instruments) -- Lutes -- Fiddles -- Lyres -- Aerophones (wind instruments) -- Flutes -- Oboes -- Double clarinets -- Membranophones and idiophones (percussion instruments) -- Drums -- Tambourines -- Port Said, Egypt : the birth of a folk music tradition -- Oman : crossroads of cultures -- Musical song and dance genres of Oman : an overview -- Two genres in detail : the Razha and the Lēwa -- Sufi ritual and religious chant -- Arabic lullabies from Tunisia, Kuwait, Yemen, and Iraq --
Material arts -- Vernacular architecture : Arab houses and domestic space -- Skyscrapers of brick and stone in Sanʻa (Yemen) -- Reed homes and guesthouses among the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq -- Pilgrimage paintings from Egypt -- Stages of the pilgrimage -- The Haji paintings -- Scents, flavors, and textures : women's arts of the United Arab Emirates -- Customs and traditions -- A unique Ramadān tradition : the "brides" of al-Bakātūsh -- Zār rituals from northern Sudan -- Marriage and metaphor : an Egyptian village wedding song -- Saints, shrines, and pilgrimages : shared religious practices -- Further readings on Arabic oral poetry -- Further readings about Arabic folk narratives -- Further readings on Arabic proverbs -- Further readings on conversational genres -- Further readings on Arab folk music -- Further readings on Arab material folk arts -- Further readings on Arab folk customs and traditions -- 4. Scholarship and approaches -- The historical-geographic method -- Structuralism -- Functionalism -- Folklore in context -- Performance studies -- Oral composition in performance -- Contemporary approaches -- 5. Contexts -- Orality in early Arab culture -- From oral to written : folklore in medieval Arabic literature -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Web resources -- Index.
Subject Arabs -- Folklore.
ISBN 9780313333118 (alk. paper)
0313333114 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 148636065
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