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Juhā in the Arabian Nights

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In his description of the nineteenth-century Madrid manuscript of the Arabian Nights, Duncan B. MacDonald states that there is no good reason why Juhā, the famous trickster character of the Arab world, should not appear in the Nights. The present essay evaluates this statement by surveying various occurrences of Juhā in texts related to the Nights, including the Mardrus translation (vol. 15, published in 1904) and the manuscript Taimūriyya qisas 15 (dating from the sixteenth century). A thorough analysis of the Juhā anecdote as integrated into the Madrid manuscript leads to the conclusion that the occurrence of Juhā in that manuscript is a singular phenomenon.


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