Abstract

The essay treats a story found in many forms in Arabic literature, with the following basic structure: A man owns a slave-girl; they love each other; he becomes destitute and is forced to sell her; the new owner, aware of their attachment, magnanimously returns her to her previous owner. The Thousand and One Nights contains two such stories, as well as some others with closely related motifs. Many more versions, some of them virtually identical to those of the Nights, are found in works belonging to Arabic "polite" or "elite" literary culture, from the ninth century onward. An appendix offers summaries of several versions.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-1802
Print ISSN
1521-4281
Pages
pp. 201-217
Launched on MUSE
2004-08-27
Open Access
No
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