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Abu Jmeel's daughter and other stories : Arab folk tales from Palestine and Lebanon
Nuwayhiḍ, Jamāl Salīm, 1906-1994.
Publication Information:
New York : Interlink Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xix, 348 pages ; 21 cm.
Clever Hasan -- Rummana -- Qamar al-Zamaan and Shams al-Dunya -- Nani, daughter of Nani -- Jubaybani -- The shrieking nightingale -- Sitt al-Boudour from beyond the seven seas -- Amina -- Women's wiles beat men's wiles -- Mine to use, as I choose -- The Fawwal's daughter -- Marzouq the wood cutter -- Hassan al-Waqqad -- The black goat -- Hajji Brumbock -- The poor cousin -- Sons of the wealthy, daughters of the poor -- The most eligible bachelor -- Abu Jmeel's daughter -- The cat of cats -- Never betray the one who trusts you -- The patient woman and the peevish prince -- The midwife's daughter and the bandit -- Prince Naas -- Aunt Zaynab -- The tailor's daughter -- The golden shoe.
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GR295.L4 N88 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Part of a series, which includes tales that represent the oral literature from cultures whose legends, myths, and folklore, this volume includes 20 to 30 tales, accompanied by an introduction and a historical overview which give reader insights into culture, folk literature, and lives of the people in the region.

Author Notes

Jamal Sleem Nuweihed (1907-91) is the author of three published novels and many poems. The folktales are only a small part of the rich repertoire of tales she kept alive in her memory until her last days

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Booklist Review

Women are at the center of these 27 lively traditional tales that have been told and retold in Lebanese, Palestinian, and Turkish families for generations. The stories were written down by Nuweihed when she was 83, and they are translated here by her children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces for a contemporary audience. In a bright accessible paperback, the informal style has the immediacy and timelessness of family storytelling ("Do you think she'd accept me as a husband?") with lots of evil stepmothers, jealous sisters, and angry cousins who get their comeuppance with a vengeance, though some are forgiven, prompting tearful reunions. There are motifs from The Thousand and One Nights with kings, palaces, and powerful genii, and also from the Brothers' Grimm, including an Arabic version of Snow White. In one of the best stories, "The Fawwal's Daughter," the girl only agrees to marry the prince if he learns a trade--and she proves right. The tales are long, but storytellers will select the parts they want for family, school, and adult audiences. --Hazel Rochman

Table of Contents

Salma K. JayyusiRemke Kruk
Prefacep. vi
Introductionp. xii
1. Clever Hasanp. 1
2. Rummanap. 12
3. Qamar al-Zamaan and Shams al-Dunyap. 28
4. Nani, Daughter of Nanip. 49
5. Jubaybanip. 63
6. The Shrieking Nightingalep. 77
7. Sitt al-Boudour from beyond the Seven Seasp. 93
8. Aminap. 111
9. Women's Wiles Beat Men's Wilesp. 126
10. Mine to Use, As I Choosep. 136
11. The Fawwal's Daughterp. 146
12. Marzouq the Woodcutterp. 156
13. Hassan al-Waqqadp. 171
14. The Black Goatp. 189
15. Hajji Brumbockp. 196
16. The Poor Cousinp. 216
17. Sons of the Wealthy, Daughters of the Poorp. 228
18. The Most Eligible Bachelorp. 239
19. Abu Jmeel's Daughterp. 251
20. The Cat of Catsp. 264
21. Never Betray the One Who Trusts Youp. 272
22. The Patient Woman and the Peevish Princep. 280
23. The Midwife's Daughter and the Banditp. 286
24. Prince Naasp. 293
25. Aunt Zaynabp. 301
26. The Tailor's Daughterp. 320
27. The Golden Shoep. 333
Endnotesp. 346