Contes populaires de Palestine, 2003

This little book contains stories found elsewhere, in collections such as Speak, Bird, Speak Again! and Arab Folktales, but there are a few that are new. TABLE Le roi des oiseaux [The King of the Birds]Jloûkoum [Jloukoum]La ruse d'Abou l-Housayn [The Cleverness of Abou Housayn]L'oiselle demoiselle [Little Miss Bird]Châhîn [Shahin]Celle qui avait le mieux compris…

Arab Folktales from Palestine and Israel, 1998

Arab Folktales from Palestine and Israel by Raphael Patai. There is a lot to unpack with this one. I could simply say that it is of its time but that wouldn't really suffice. There is a lot of orientalism here, even at first glance. In general, the approach seems to be that if you read…

Bible Tales in Arab Folk-Lore, 1928

The book in question, on my purse of many colours. My newest acquisition! Bible Tales in Arab Folk-Lore by Joseph Meyouhas, translated from Hebrew by Victor N. Levi. Once again, it is quotation time and once again, there is some disturbingly racist material in the introduction: The modern Syrian Arabs are descended in unbroken, if…

Pearls on a Branch, 2018

Today we're looking at the youngest collection of tales that I've come across so far: Pearls on a Branch: Oral Tales by Najla Jraissaty Koury, translated by Inea Bushnaq. As with some other collections, it is unclear which stories originally had Palestinian tellers. The tales were gathered via a traveling theatre troup who toured Palestinian…

Arab Folk Stories from Artas, 1987

Continuing the series of indexes, we have another book by Louise Baldensperger and Grace Crowfoot: Arab Folk Stories from Artas published by Birzeit University. Artas is a village four kilometers south-west of Bethlehem and has a richly recorded folklore. It is home to the Artas Folklore Center. Among the stories themselves there are brief discussions…