The life, birth and beginnings of the Fariyaq’ an alter-ego of The Arab scholar Ahmad Faris al Shidyaq The Leg Over Leg recounts the story of birth to the middle of the time of the Fariyaq the alter-ego who was the alter-ego for Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a prominent figure in the cultural literary and historical context of the present Arab world.
The frequently entertaining and funny tales of his Fariyaq when he departs from his home country of Lebanon and makes trips to Egypt, Malta, Tunis, England and France, provide the author with an opportunity to explore a variety of the intellectual and social issues of his time. These include the corruption and ignorance of Lebanese institutions, both secular and religious, as well as the freedom of the conscience.
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The rights of women as well as sexual relationships between men and women as well as the social norms, habits and customs of Europeans and Middle Easterners, and the various styles of living between European and Arabic literatures. Al-Shidyaq is also aware of the power and beauty of the classical Arabic language.
Similar to Sterne as well as Rabelais in his humorist viewpoint as well as his technical brilliance, al-Shidyaq wrote the novel “Lip over Leg” an oeuvre that is unique and not classifiable. The novel was initially ridiculed by critics for its sharp criticism of authority and religion-based suspicions and also for the book’s “obscenity,” and later versions were generally diminished. The current version is the very first English version of the text, and it also reproduces the original Arabic text, which was first published under the instructions by the author in 1855.
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- Publisher : NYU Press; Abridged edition
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 1920 pages
- ISBN-10 : 147989754X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1479897544
- Item Weight : 7.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 5 x 9.1 inches