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This is the introductory chapter of the book Framing Iberia: Māqamāt and Frametale Narratives in Medieval Spain, which is the story of how medieval Iberians tell stories in writing. The book is a story as yet untold, except in more narrowly focused studies of short narrative in Catalan, Castilian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin. As authors native to medieval Iberia wrote collections of stories and tales in all of these languages, it made sense to the author to try to include texts from all of these linguistic traditions in constructing a narrative of a medieval Iberian tradition of narrative collections including frametales and māqamāt. The resulting tradition of frametales and māqamāt is unique to the Iberian Peninsula during the late Middle Ages, and serves as a literary lens through which to consider the fascinating and very complex cultural history of medieval Iberia.

Keywords: frametales; māqamāt; medieval Iberia



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