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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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(p.167) Conclusion
Hikayat Abi al-Qasim

Emily Selove

Edinburgh University Press

The conclusion explores the tension between the character Abūl-Qāsim as an archetypal trickster and as a weakening and mortal old man. It also compares the Ḥikāya to the story of Philemon and Baucisin Ovid's Metamorphoses, in which Zeus and Hermes, disguised as beggars, show up uninvited at Philemon and Baucis's poverty-stricken home, which they subsequently transform into a temple of the gods. It compares the epic/realistic description found in this tale to the satirical/realistic tone of Petronius's and Jonathan Swift's parodies.

Keywords:   trickster, old man, Philemon and Baucis, Ovid, epic, parodies, realistic, Swift, Petronius

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