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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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Mujūn is a Crazy Game

Mujūn is a Crazy Game

(p.119) 4 Mujūn is a Crazy Game
Hikayat Abi al-Qasim

Emily Selove

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the chess game in the Ḥikāya, using it to advance a definition of the literary genre of mujūnas a kind of game. In exploring the nonsense and topsy-turvy language in the Ḥikāya, and also introduces some questions related to the status of this text and its protagonist as a microcosm, while discussing the microcosmic significance of the game of chess. It shows that like the game of chess it describes, the Ḥikāya appears to be a highly specific representation of reality, but proves ultimately impossible to reconstruct historically.

Keywords:   chess, games, nonsense, topsy-turvy language, nonsense, microcosms, mujūn

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