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princessterribel
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(10/30/06 2:42 am)

Arabic Tales
Hi there,

I scrolled down the list of books on the homepage that list tales from various different countries. I noticed that there is not one on Arabic (middle eastern) tales. Obviously there is the 1001 nights and I am aware of a few isolated versions of various popular tales but can anyone suggest a good collection of tales from this part of the world.

Hope you can help. Thanks!

kristiw
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(10/30/06 7:30 am)


Re: Arabic Tales
I haven't read it, but I know of this one www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=1037_1215_1798&products_id=19899

Heidi Anne Heiner
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(10/30/06 8:43 am)

Re: Arabic Tales
Most recommended:

Arab Folktales by Inea Bushnaq (out of print, but available used)

Pretty much all of Hasan M. El-Shamy's work. He has area specific collections as well as the book recommended in the previous post. I invested in this for my own collection:

Types of the Folktale in the Arab World: A Demographically Oriented Tale-Type Index by Hasan M. El-Shamy (This book also contains an extensive bibliography.)

And one of the best and most accurate 1,001 Nights translations into English is:

The Arabian Nights by Husain Haddawy and Muhsin Mahdi

Be warned, Haddawy offers what he considers the most accurate 1,001 Nights, leaving out many of the best known tales in the Western world. He ended up publishing a second volume with those tales to appease disappointed readers: The Arabian Nights II: Sindbad and Other Popular Stories by Husain Haddawy

The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night (Vol. 1)
by E. P. Mathers and the following three volumes are more comprehensive, but not as technically correct.

Also try The Arabian Nights: A Companion by Robert Irwin

And because I feel garrulous, a few explanations:

I don't have 1,001 Nights on SurLaLune because it is well-treated and represented on other websites entirely devoted just to it. That's not to say I will never add it to SurLaLune. It's just that I have never given it a priority. Eight years ago, I never imagined this site being what it is now. I also know the translations and sources of some of the tales are problematic, a problem I've not been willing to tackle with my basic knowledge of the tales. For copyright reasons, I'd be mostly limited to Burton's translation, a really problematic text. I have faced the same problem with Il Pentamerone, and finally settled with Taylor's translation although the dream would have been to use Benedetto Croce's translation, still in copyright. I still hope to etext Burton's Pentamerone someday and I bet that's when I will at least add his 1,001 Nights to SurLaLune, too.

I also don't have any Arabic collections on SurLaLune because I haven't found any good ones out of copyright and accessible for me to etext. I plan to add Petrie's Egyptian Tales at some point--it's on my list with about 10 other books in the queue for texting. In the queue means already scanned, just not corrected from OCR mistakes then edited and formatted for the site; that is what takes the most time. If OCR softwares were more accurate when scanning old font styles and foreign languages, my work would be so much easier! If anyone knows of any good texts out of copyright, please feel free to share.

Anyway, more than you asked, but I rarely explain my madnesses and felt like it today...

Heidi

Edited by: Heidi Anne Heiner at: 10/30/06 9:01 am
princessterribel
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(10/30/06 9:07 am)

Re: Arabic Tales
Heidi, thanks for the recommendations. I was hoping that you would share your superior knowledge! I completely understand why you have not added 'arabic' tales. I have had the same problem myself...so many of the collections out there are 'unreliable'. I was looking for one that had not been too modified, for want of a better word.
Thanks again.

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