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Title Orality and textuality in the Iranian world : patterns of interaction across the centuries / edited by Julia Rubanovich
Published Leiden : Brill, [2015]


Description 1 online resource (xx, 456 pages)
Series Jerusalem studies in religion and culture, 1570-078X ; volume 19
Jerusalem studies in religion and culture ; v. 19.
Contents Introduction: New perspectives on orality in Iranian studies / Julia Rubanovich -- Part 1. Approaching orality -- Memory and textuality in the orality-literacy continuum / Karl Reichl -- Orality and esotericism : reflections on modes of transmission in late antiquity / Shaul Shaked -- Part 2. Sacred traditions and oral history -- Irano-Talmudica III : giant mythological creatures in transition from the Avesta to the Babylonian Talmud / Reuven Kiperwasser and Dan D.Y. Shapira -- The Islamic ascension narrative in the context of conversion in medieval Iran : an apocalypse at the intersection of orality and textuality / Maria E. Subtelny -- The motif of the cave and the funerary narratives of Nāṣir-i Khusrau / Jo-Ann Gross -- Part 3. Iranian epic tradition -- "The ground well trodden but the Shah not found ..." : orality and textuality in the Book of Kings and the Zoroastrian mythoepic tradition / Yuhan S.-D. Vevaina -- "The Book of the Black Demon," or Shabrang-nama, and the black demon in oral tradition / Gabrielle R. van den Berg -- Why so many stories? : untangling the versions of Iskandar's birth and upbringing / Julia Rubanovich -- Some comments on the probable sources of ibn Ḥusām's Khavaran-nama and the oral transmission of epic materials / Raya Shani -- Professional storytelling (naqqali) in Qajar Iran / Ulrich Marzolph -- Part 4. Oral and literary traditions as channels of cultural transformation -- The literary use of proverbs and myths in Nāṣir-i Khusrau's Divan / Mohsen Zakeri -- Classical poetry as cultural capital in the proverbs of Jews from Iran : transformations of intertextuality / Galit Hasan-Rokem -- Gashtak : oral/literary intertextuality, performance and identity in contemporary Tajikistan / Margaret Mills and Ravshan Rahmoni -- The Tale of the Old Woman on the Mountain : Jewish folktale from Afghanistan / Tsila Zan-Bar Tsur -- Part 5. Performative aspects of orality in visual artefacts -- Aramaic incantation texts between orality and textuality / Charles G. Haberl -- Between demons and kings : the art of Babylonian incantation bowls / Naama Vilozny -- Between written texts, oral performances and mural paintings : illustrated scrolls in pre-Islamic Central Asia / Frantz Grenet
Summary "The volume demonstrates the cultural centrality of the oral tradition for Iranian studies. It contains contributions from scholars from various areas of Iranian and comparative studies, among which are the pre-Islamic Zoroastrian tradition with its wide network of influences in late antique Mesopotamia, notably among the Jewish milieu; classical Persian literature in its manifold genres; medieval Persian history; oral history; folklore and more. The essays in this collection embrace both the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods, both verbal and visual media, as well as various language communities (Middle Persian, Persian, Tajik, Dari) and geographical spaces (Greater Iran in pre-Islamic and Islamic medieval periods; Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan of modern times). Taken as a whole, the essays reveal the unique blending of oral and literate poetics in the texts or visual artefacts each author focuses upon, conceptualizing their interrelationship and function. Contributors are: Frantz Grenet, Jo-Ann Gross, Charles G. Häberl, Galit Hasan-Rokem, Reuven Kiperwasser, Ulrich Marzolph, Margaret A. Mills, Ravshan Rahmoni, Karl Reichl, Julia Rubanovich, Shaul Shaked, Raya Shani, Dan Y. Shapira, Maria E. Subtelny, Gabrielle R. van den Berg, Yuhan S.-D. Vevaina, Naama Vilozny, Mohsen Zakeri, and Tsila Zan-Bar Tsur"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Persian literature -- History and criticism
Oral tradition -- Iran -- History
Transmission of texts -- Iran -- History
Persian poetry -- History and criticism
Folklore -- Iran -- History
Zoroastrianism -- Iran -- History
Religion and literature -- Iran -- History
Intellectual life
Manners and customs
Oral tradition
Persian literature
Persian poetry
Religion and literature
Transmission of texts
SUBJECT Iran -- Study and teaching.
Iran -- Social life and customs
Iran -- Intellectual life
Subject Iran
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Rubanovich, Julia, editor.
ISBN 9789004291973