Leg over : Volume One (Library of Arabic Literature)

The birth, life and the early years of ‘the Fariyaq’, the alter-ego of the Arab scholar Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq

The Leg Over Leg tells the story from birth until middle old age, of ‘the fariyaq an alter ego that was the alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a important figure in the intellectual literature and history of the current Arab world. 

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The ever-edifying and frequently humorous experiences of Fariyaq in his journey from his home in Lebanon across Egypt, Malta, Tunis, England and France, give the author an opportunity to discuss a variety of the social and intellectual questions of his day such as the insanity and depravity of the Lebanese institutions both secular and religious as well as freedom of conscience, the rights of women, sexual relations between women and men as well as the customs and manners and customs of Europeans and people from the Middle East and the differences between modern European as well as Arabic literatures. Al-Shidyaq is also a celebration of the genius as well as the beauty classic Arabic language.

Similar to Sterne as well as Rabelais for his humorist perspective and technical ingenuity, al-Shidyaq produced in Leg Over Leg the work that is original and not classifiable. The work was initially criticized for its scathing attacks on authority as well as its religious skepticism and for its “obscenity,” and later versions were frequently abridged. The present edition is the first English translation of the text and is a faithful reproduction of it in its entirety from the Arabic text, which was published under the supervision of the author in 1855.

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Product details

  • Publisher :NYU Press The edition that is abridged
  • Date of publication:August 23rd
  • Language : English
  • Size of file:1121 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • enhanced typesetting:Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print length : 460 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled

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