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On Popular Literature in Medieval Cairo

Boaz Shoshan
Poetics Today
Vol. 14, No. 2, Cultural Processes in Muslim and Arab Societies: Medieval and Early Modern Periods (Summer, 1993), pp. 349-365
Published by: Duke University Press
DOI: 10.2307/1773123
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1773123
Page Count: 17
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On Popular Literature in Medieval Cairo
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Abstract

This article has two concerns. One is establishing a list of literary works which were current among so-called ordinary Egyptians of the Middle Ages and pointing out the significance of these works for the Egyptians of medieval Cairo. The second concern is to venture into the little studied and rarely recorded theme of the dissemination of literature in a medieval Islamic society. Questions about authorship and means of communication are raised, and although no clear answers are provided, some ways to overcome the almost total lack of information are suggested.

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