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Hikayat Abi al-Qasim: A Literary Banquet

Emily Selove


ḤikāyatAbī al-Qāsim, probably written in the 11th century by the otherwise unknown al-Azdi, tells the story of a gate-crasher from Baghdad named Abu l-Qasim, who shows up uninvited at a party in Isfahan. Dressed as a holy man and reciting religious poetry, he soon relaxes his demeanour, and, growing intoxicated on wine, insults the other dinner guests and their Iranian hometown. Widely hailed as a narrative unique in the history of Arabic literature, the Ḥikāya also reflects a much larger tradition of banquet texts. Painting a picture of a party-crasher who is at once a holy man and a rogue, h ... More

Keywords: HikayatAbi al-Qasim, al-Azdī, gate-crashers, party-crashers, banquet texts, Mediterranean, Baghdad, tricksters, wise fools, Cynics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474402316
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Selove, author
University of Exeter