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Recognition in the Arabic Narrative TraditionDiscovery, Deliverance and Delusion$
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Philip F. Kennedy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474413725

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413725.001.0001

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Joseph and his Avatars

Joseph and his Avatars

(p.146) 3 Joseph and his Avatars
Recognition in the Arabic Narrative Tradition

Philip F. Kennedy

Edinburgh University Press

Given the importance of Surah 12 as the paragon of all storytelling in the Qurʾan, it should not surprise us to find refractions and transfigurations of the story in postdating religious and literary narratives. The texts examined in this chapter all borrow themes, rework structures and seek the cognitive reassurance of anagnorisis from the scriptural epitome and its apocryphal accretions. Each of the works – which range, in distinctive styles, from the mystical epic Conference of the Birds to the popular Arabian Nights’ Romance of Ghānim b. Ayyūb – features recognition and discovery either as a central theme or as an element more essentially contingent upon defining features of the generic cast in which the given story is fashioned.

Keywords:   Arabic Narrative, Narrative, Qur’an, Surah, Epistemology, Aanagnorisis, Literary Construction, Arabic Literary Tradition, Recognition and Discovery

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