Arab Folklore: A Handbook - PDF by ProQuest


Pp. xiv + 260, preface, acknowledgments, introduction, map, photographs, glossary, bibliography, Web resources, index. $55.00 cloth. Arab Folklore: A Handbook, by Dwight F. Reynolds, provides an excellent overview of Arab culture, illuminating the diversity of folk traditions from a rich seedbed comprising some twenty nationalities. In Yemen, men practice balah, a short improvised form of poetry performed at weddings and social gatherings; zamil for negotiating tribal land disputes enacted in poetic form by a single poet; and qasida, a type of classical Arabic poetry that can be also associated with Western notions of a poem.

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