Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expounded: Volume by Humphrey Davies,Yusuf al-Shirbini PDF

By Humphrey Davies,Yusuf al-Shirbini

Unique in pre-20th-century Arabic literature for taking the nation-state as its important theme, Yusuf al-Shirbini’s Brains Confounded combines a mordant satire on seventeenth-century Egyptian rural society with a hilarious parody of the verse-and-commentary style so cherished through students of his day.
 
In quantity One, Al-Shirbini describes the 3 rural “types”—peasant cultivator, village man-of-religion and rural dervish—offering various anecdotes attesting to the lack of knowledge, dirtiness, illiteracy, loss of right non secular realizing, and illegal activity of every. He follows it in quantity with a 47-line poem supposedly written by way of a peasant named Abu Shaduf, who charts the increase and fall of his fortunes and bewails, mainly, the inability of entry to scrumptious meals to which his poverty has condemned him. Wielding the scholarly instruments of elite literature, al-Shirbini responds to the poem with derision and mock, dotting his satire of the ignorant rustic with quite a few digressions into love, nutrition, and flatulence.
 
Witty, bawdy, and vicious, Brains Confounded belongs to an unrecognized style from an understudied interval in Egypt’s Ottoman historical past, and is a piece of remarkable value for the learn of pre-modern colloquial Egyptian Arabic, pitting the “coarse” rural lots opposed to the “refined” and urbane in a competition for cultural and non secular primacy, with a heavy emphasis at the writing of verse as a yardstick of social acceptability.

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