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Hikayat Abi al-QasimA Literary Banquet$
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Emily Selove

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402316

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402316.001.0001

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A Microcosm Introduced

A Microcosm Introduced

(p.70) 2 A Microcosm Introduced
Hikayat Abi al-Qasim

Emily Selove

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins by analyzing the introduction of Al-Azdī, the author of the Ḥikāya, and thereby introduces some of the main themes covered in the rest of this volume, namely the tension between realism and mannerism, the literary representation of Baghdad as a greedy party-crasher (as well as its relationship to Isfahan), and the passage of time in the Ḥikāya. It relates these issues in the Ḥikāya to similar topics in other works of literature, such as the writings of al-Jāḥiẓ, who is quoted in the author's introduction, Petronius's Trimalchio's Dinner-Party, and a number of literary works whose chronotope, or portrayal of time passing, can be constructively compared to the Ḥikāya, such as the 1001 Nights, and Rabelais's Gargantua.

Keywords:   Al-Azdī, realism, mannerism, Baghdad, Isfahan, al-Jāḥiẓ, Trimalchio, party-crasher, chronotope

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