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Muhammad and the Golden Bough: Reconstructing Arabian Myth Jaroslav Stetkevych

Muhammad and the Golden Bough: Reconstructing Arabian Myth

Jaroslav Stetkevych

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ISBN : 9780253214133
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184 pages
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Now in Paperback!Muhammad and the Golden BoughReconstructing Arabic MythJaroslav StetkevychConnects pre-Islamic Arabian myth to world mythic traditions.A Choice Outstanding Academic BookStetkevych succeeds brilliantly in reconstructing the myth ofMoreNow in Paperback!Muhammad and the Golden BoughReconstructing Arabic MythJaroslav StetkevychConnects pre-Islamic Arabian myth to world mythic traditions.A Choice Outstanding Academic BookStetkevych succeeds brilliantly in reconstructing the myth of the destruction of the Thamud, an ancient people of north Arabia.... This book will add a new dimension to the study of Near Eastern and Mediterranean myth and legend. --ChoiceStetkevychs critical and wide-ranging perspective reveals a wealth of insights. This book is must reading for everyone in the field of religion and one of the most important works in recent years. --Religious Studies ReviewThe graceful writing, interdisciplinary scope, and hermeneutical depth should make it compelling reading for those interested in the mythos of Arabia before and at the birth of Islam and in comparable myths in neighboring civilizations. --MESA BulletinIt opens up new dimensions of how to think about, how to study, how to see interrelationships in the ancient Arabian world and their connections with the Mediterranean world in general.... a stunning piece of work. --Chronicle of Higher EducationThrough its development of a methodology for analyzing the mythic and folkloric traditions of pre-Islamic Arabia and the process of their incorporation into Islamic myth and Quranic texts, Muhammad and the Golden Bough offers compelling insights for students of Islam, comparative religion, and cultural anthropology. By linking Arabic myth with a broad range of ancient and classical texts--including Gilgamesh, Homer, and the Hebrew Bible--the book makes a provocative contribution to biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies, classics, and comparative literature.Jaroslav Stetkevych is Professor Emeritus of Arabic Literature at the University of Chicago. He is author of The Modern Arabic Literary Language: Lexical and Stylistic Developments and The Zephyrs of Najd: The Poetics of Nostalgia in the Classical Arabic Nasib. His articles on classical and modern Arabic literature have appeared in Spanish, English, Arabic, and Ukrainian.ContentsIntroduction: Reclaiming Arabian MythThe Textual PuzzleThe Thamudic Backdrop to the PuzzleThe First Answer to the Puzzle: The Raid on TabukThe Totem and the TabooPoeticizing the ThamudDemythologizing the ThamudThe ScreamThe Arabian Golden Bough and Kindred Branches: Frazer, Vergil, Homer, and GilgameshConclusion