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- DescriptionAt the heart of this volume is the translation of a fourteenth-century Turkish version of the Joseph story, better kwn to Western readers from the version in Genesis, first book of the Hebrew Bible. Hickman provides us with a new lens: we see the drama of the Old Testament prophet Joseph, son of Jacob, through Muslim eyes. The poem s author, Sheyyad Hamza, lived in Anatolia during the early days of the Ottoman Empire. Hamza s composition is rooted in the recondite and little-studied tradition of oral performance a unique corner of Turkish verbal arts, situated between minstrelsy and the divan tradition combining the roles of preacher and storyteller. A cultural document as well as a literary text that reflects the prevailing values of the time, Hamza s play reveals a picture of Ottoman sensibility, both aesthetic and religious, at the level of popular culture in premodern Turkey. To supplement and contextualize the story, Hickman includes an introduction, a historical-literary afterword, and tes to the translation, all ably assisting an unfamiliar reader s entry into this world.
- Author BiographyBill Hickman is former associate professor of Turkish language and literature at the University of California, Berkeley, now retired.
- PublisherSyracuse University Press
- Date of Publication30/05/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSyracuse University Press
- Weight308 g
- Width145 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Translated byBill Hickman
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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