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The Sudan Of The Three Niles: The Funj Chronicle, Heather J. Sharkey May 2000

The Sudan Of The Three Niles: The Funj Chronicle, Heather J. Sharkey

Departmental Papers (NELC)

P. M. Holt's The Sudan of the Three Niles is an annotated translation of the Funj Chronicle, a history of the Funj sultanate (1504–1821) based at Sennar, along the Blue Nile, and of the Turco-Egyptian regime that succeeded it at Khartoum. Along with the Tabaqat of Wad Dayf Allah (a biographical dictionary of Sudanese Muslim holy men compiled in the late 18th century), the Funj Chronicle is the most important Arabic source on the northern riverain Sudan in the Funj era, a period in which Islam was spreading widely and the region was developing its pronounced Arab–Islamic ...


The Narrator As An Editor, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 2000

The Narrator As An Editor, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

In 1970, when Ruth Finnegan published her ground-breaking book Oral Literature in Africa, she devoted extensive chapters to prose narratives, proverbs, riddles, and praise poetry. She did not neglect forms in African folklore that at the time were barely studied, such as children's songs and rhymes, But to the epic she allocated in her massive book of over 550 pages only two-and-a-half pages that she set aside at the conclusion of her chapter on "Poetry and Patronage" under the title "A Note on 'Epic'" (Finnegan 1970: 108-10). Probably having in mind the works of the Chadwicks and Bowra, she ...


Review Of David Assaf, The Regal Way: The Life And Times Of R. Israel Of Ruzhin, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 2000

Review Of David Assaf, The Regal Way: The Life And Times Of R. Israel Of Ruzhin, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

Hagiography and history tell their stories at cross-purposes. While hagiography glorifies, even sanctifies its heroes, history strips them of their traditional greatness, seeking to bare the factual truth to which documents and testimonies attest. Nowhere is this contrast more evident than in the history and study of Hasidism. Legends (shevahim) are the building blocks of the Hasidic tradition, in which the rabbi is a leader, a miracle worker and a storyteller. He is the narrating subject, who, in turn, becomes the object of stories subsequent generations tell.


Review Of Hayyim Pesah And Eli Yassif, The Knight, The Demon And The Virgin: An Anthology Of Hebrew Stories From The Middle Ages, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 2000

Review Of Hayyim Pesah And Eli Yassif, The Knight, The Demon And The Virgin: An Anthology Of Hebrew Stories From The Middle Ages, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

In the currently charged world of Israeli public opinion, the publication of this book is a political act. The editors have crammed well known medieval Hebrew texts into a cheap, paperback format, using paper the acidity of which is more fitting for traditional "folk books" than for typical scholarly tomes designed for the library shelf. In this book readers will encounter the classics of Jewish folk literature--such as "The Story of the Jerusalemite," "Joseph Della Reina," and principle texts from Hebrew medieval romance literature such as "The Alexander Romance," a selection of "Tales of Sendebar," and a "Hebrew Arthurian Romance ...


Review Of Galit Hasan-Rokem (Guest Editor), Folk Culture And Popular Culture. Theory And Criticism: An Israeli Forum, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 2000

Review Of Galit Hasan-Rokem (Guest Editor), Folk Culture And Popular Culture. Theory And Criticism: An Israeli Forum, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

At a time when folklorists flounder in America, they flourish in Israel. Being under the perennial threat of department closures, American folklorists have ventured into the fields of public folklore that politicians have mined. In contrast, in Israel, while making slow and modest progress at the universities, folklorists have joined forces with non-academic intellectuals and scholars in other disciplines to present before the public their latest research analyses and their explorations of new directions. Theory and Criticism ("Teoria unikoret") is one of Israel's leading forums for ideas and scholarship. It is an interdisciplinary journal that appeals to a growing ...