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Speak, Bird, Speak Again : Palestinian Arab Folktales

Muhawi, Ibrahim, Kanaana, Sharif, Dundes, Alan, Barakat, Ibtisam
Format: Paperback
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: November 30, 2021
ISBN: 9780520385849
464 pages
Country of publication: United States

£15.99

By combining their expertise in English literature and anthropology, Ibrahim Muhawi and Sharif Kanaana bring to these folktales an integral method of study that unites a sensitivity to language with a deep appreciation for culture. As native Palestinians, the authors are well suited to their task. Over the course of several years, they collected tales from the regions of the Galilee, Gaza, and the West Bank, determining which were the most widely known and appreciated and selecting the ones that best represent the Palestinian Arab folk narrative tradition.

Great care has been taken with the translations to maintain the original flavor, humor, and cultural nuances in tales that are at once earthy and whimsical and that also parallel stories found in the larger Arab folk tradition. Featuring a new foreword by Ibtisam Barakat, Speak, Bird, Speak Again is an essential text in Palestinian culture and a must for those who want to deepen their understanding of an enduring people.

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