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Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of 'the Fariyaq,' alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure... Weiterlesen
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Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of 'the Fariyaq,' alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure in the intellectual and literary history of the modern Arab world. The always edifying and often hilarious adventures of the Fariyaq, as he moves from his native Lebanon to Egypt, Malta, Tunis, England and France, provide the author with grist for wide-ranging discussions of the intellectual and social issues of his time, including the ignorance and corruption of the Lebanese religious and secular establishments, freedom of conscience, women's rights, sexual relationships between men and women, the manners and customs of Europeans and Middle Easterners, and the differences between contemporary European and Arabic literatures. Al-Shidyaq also celebrates the genius and beauty of the classical Arabic language.

Akin to Sterne and Rabelais in his satirical outlook and technical inventiveness, al-Shidyaq produced in Leg Over Leg a work that is unique and unclassifiable. It was initially widely condemned for its attacks on authority, its religious skepticism, and its "obscenity," and later editions were often abridged. This is the first English translation of the work and reproduces the original Arabic text, published under the author's supervision in 1855.

A bilingual Arabic-English edition.


Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq


Letter from the General Editor iii
Volume Two 1
Contents of the Book 4
Chapter 1: Rolling a Boulder 8
Chapter 2: A Salutation and a Conversation 38
Chapter 3: The Extraction of the Fariyaq from Alexandria, by Sail 62
Chapter 4: A Throne to Gain Which Man Must Make Moan 84
Chapter 5: A Description of Cairo 104
Chapter 6: Nothing 114
Chapter 7: A Description of Cairo 116
Chapter 8: Notice that the Description of Cairo is Ended 122
Chapter 9: That to Which I Have Alluded 134
Chapter 10: A Doctor 142
Chapter 11: The Fulfillment of What He Promised Us 150
Chapter 12: Poems for Princes 160
Chapter 13: A Maqamah to Make You Sit 174
Chapter 14: An Explanation of the Obscure Words in the Preceding
Maqamah and Their Meanings 186
Chapter 15: Right There! ☞ 292
Chapter 16: Right Here! 294
Chapter 17: Elegy for a Donkey 370
Chapter 18: Various Forms of Sickness 382
Chapter 19: The Circle of the Universe and the Center of This Book 390
Chapter 20: Miracles and Supernatural Acts 400
Notes 409
Glossary 433
Index 436
About the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute 444
About the Typefaces 445
About the Editor-Translator 446


Titel: Leg over Leg
Untertitel: Volume Two
EAN: 9780814744949
ISBN: 978-0-8147-4494-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: NYU Press
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 464
Veröffentlichung: 23.08.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.5 MB