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Exploring Arab Folk Literature$
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Pierre Cachia

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640867

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.001.0001

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An Honour Crime with a Difference

An Honour Crime with a Difference

(p.112) 9 An Honour Crime with a Difference
Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Pierre Cachia

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on narrative ballads whose core theme is the ‘honour crime’. It looks at three versions of the story of Hassan and Na'ima. It deals with a crime that took place in 1938 and it differs startlingly from the usual pattern in that it was the man who was killed and not the woman involved in the scandal. No less startling is the treatment by the folk artists, who for once do not glorify the gory deed but are sympathetic to the lovers — or at least to the male. The first of the three versions of ‘̣Hasan u Naīma’ is from a cheaply produced booklet. The second version is recorded on a cassette commercially produced by a firm called Nefertiti, and bought in Cairo in 1979. The third version is given by Šō̃gi l-̃Gināwi.

Keywords:   narrative ballads, honour crime, ̣Hasan u Naīma, Šō̃gi l-̃Gināwi, Hassan and Na'ima

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