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The performing arts in medieval Islam : shadow play and popular poetry in Ibn Daniyal's Mamluk Cairo /
Li Guo.
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2012.
description
xi, 240 p.
ISBN
9789004210455 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2012.
isbn
9789004210455 (hardback : alk. paper)
contents note
Life as a play. Eye doctor and street buffoon -- Court panegyrist and jester -- Satirist and shadow playwright -- Legacy and controversy. The making of the Arabic shadow play -- The ornament of the poetry -- The many faces of a performer -- The play. The phantom: a shadow play.
catalogue key
8336398
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
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This is a study of the life and work of Ibn Dniyal (d. 1310), a Cairo-based eye doctor, poet, playwright, court jester and arguably one of the most controversial cultural figures of his time.
Description for Reader
All those interested in cultural history of medieval Islam, Arabic literature, Arabic poetry, Arab popular culture, Arabic drama, comparative literature, world history of shadow play.
Long Description
This is a study of the life and work of Ibn D'niy'l (d. 1310), a Cairo-based eye doctor, poet, playwright, court jester, and arguably one of the most controversial cultural figures of his time. Drawing on medieval Arabic sources, many still in manuscript and some used for the first time, the author further contextualizes Ibn D'niy'l's work with respect to poetry production and popular culture in the Islamic Near East in the post-Mongol period. The book also presents the first full English translation of The Phantom, one of Ibn D'niy'l's three shadow plays, the only surviving pre-Ottoman Arabic theatrical texts.
Main Description
This is a study of the life and work of Ibn D niy l (d. 1310), a Cairo-based eye doctor, poet, playwright, court jester, and arguably one of the most controversial cultural figures of his time. Drawing on medieval Arabic sources, many still in manuscript and some used for the first time, the author further contextualizes Ibn D niy l s work with respect to poetry production and popular culture in the Islamic Near East in the post-Mongol period. The book also presents the first full English translation of The Phantom, one of Ibn D niy l s three shadow plays, the only surviving pre-Ottoman Arabic theatrical texts.

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