Synopses & Reviews
Types of the Folktale in the Arab World is an index and preliminary analysis of folktales told by the diverse ethnic groups that populate what is commonly called "the Arab World." It is also a comprehensive and interdisciplinary guide to tales told in related cultural spheres, from sub-Saharan Africa to Turkey and beyond. A folktale's emergence, spread, stability, change, continued presence, or disappearance among certain social groups depends on specific psychological, social, and cultural forces. While Hasan El-Shamy has adopted the familiar tale-type classification system employed by Antti Aarne and Stith Thompson, he also seeks to remedy the Eurocentric shortcomings of their system by addressing folklore as behavior, striving to bring the psychosocial foundation for the Arab renditions to this comprehensive and inclusive index. Types of the Folktale in the Arab World is destined to become an indispensable reference work for all who are interested in Arab culture and the folktale.
The only demographically oriented tale-type index for folktales of the Arab world.
About the Author
Hasan El-Shamy is Professor of Folklore, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and African Studies at Indiana University. He is author of several books, including Tales Arab Women Tell (IUP, 1999) and Folk Traditions of the Arab World: A Guide to Motif Classifications (IUP, 1995).
Table of Contents
Note on Data Presentation
Outline of the Aarne-Thompson Classification of Tales (1-2412)
DOTTI-A: TALE TYPES
I. ANIMAL TALES 1-299
II. ORDINARY FOLK-TALES: 300-1199
A. Tales of Magic: 300-749A
B. Religious Tales: 750-84
C. Novelle (Romantic Tales): 850-999
D. Tales of the Stupid Ogre: 1000-1199
III. JOKES AND ANECDOTES: 1200-1999
IV. FORMULA TALES: 2000-2399
V. UNCLASSIFIED TALES: 2400-2499
REGISTER OF MOTIFS
REGISTER OF TALE TYPES