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239 pages
Mamluk Studies, 15
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ISBN-13 9783847107224
ISBN-10 3847107224
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ISBN-13 9783737007221
ISBN-10 3737007225
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Medieval Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Mamluk Historiography Revisited - Narratological Perspectives
edited by Stephan Conermann and contributions by Yehoshua Frenkel, Li Guo, Mohammed Gharaibeh, Amalia Levanoni, Amir Mazor, Linda Northrup, Irmeli Perho, Carl F. Petry, Boaz Shoshan, Jo Van Steenbergen and consultant editor Uwe Baumann and contributions by Torsten Wollina and Stephan Conermann

This volume discusses Mamluk historical texts with an emphasis on literary/stylistic analysis, basically ignoring issues of 'factuality' versus 'fictivity'. None of the authors set out to write 'fiction'; nor would their audience have received their accounts as such. The events depicted were a matter of historical record; but their meaning was geared both to contemporary and to general concerns. The fact of telling them is part and parcel of the historian's task; the means of telling them has to do with the historian's choice of style; and style is all-important in conveying meaning. Were these accounts not considered 'true', the purpose behind their telling and the meaning they convey, would, arguably, be lost; but were they not told in the most effective manner, their meaning might not be clearly grasped.

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