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Abbasid Popular Narrative: the Formation of Readership and Cultural Production

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This article focuses on narrative production, especially popular tales, and argues that producers of knowledge as well as their products were major arbiters of taste and social or economic relations. However, they were not the only power to decide the nature of production. The article relates this to other arbiters of taste, especially jurists and market inspectors, who began to assert their influence on storytellers and preachers since the eleventh century. As a critical assessment of taste and oral/ written traditions, this study goes beyond historical surveying to engage the socio-political and cultural dynamics that make up such a literary phenomenon as the growth of popular narrative and its readership.

Affiliations: 1: Columbia University, New York

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2007-11-01
2016-12-05

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