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Abbasid Popular Narrative (The Formation Of Readership And Cultural Production

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One way of dealing with Abbasid popular narratives is to study some of the best known collections which were translated, adapted, collected or created during the period under consideration. Popularity of the tales and their like and their invasion of the caliphal palace as a private and sanctified domain should have been urgent enough to require the interference of mothers or grandmothers in the readings of the would-be caliphs, as the anecdote about Shaghab, al-Muqtadir's mother, tells us. Producers of knowledge as well as their products were not the sole arbiters of taste and social or economic relations. As one learns from surveys of preaching and storytelling, there were ups and downs in cultural reception especially during periods of political instability or transition.

Keywords: Abbasid; caliphal palace; cultural reception



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