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This front matter section of the book Humor in Early Islam contains the table of contents, foreword, and a list of plates. The book, first published in 1956, is a pioneering study by the versatile and prolific scholar Franz Rosenthal (1914-2003), who (having published an article on mediaeval Arabic blurbs), should have written this text himself. It contains an annotated translation of an Arabic text on a figure who became the subject of many jokes and anecdotes, the greedy and obtuse Ashʿab, a singer who lived in the eighth century but whose literary and fictional life long survived him.

Keywords: Arabic text; Ashʿab; early Islam; eighth century; Franz Rosenthal

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