The Story of Sayf al-Muluk in South Asia

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Title:
The Story of Sayf al-Muluk in South Asia
Year: 
2007
Publication: 
Journal of Royal Asiatic Society
Volume: 
17
Issue: 
2
Start Page: 
115
End Page: 
129
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English
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doi:10.1017/S1356186307007122
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Abstract:

The purpose of this paper is not so much to go into narrative details, as to explore different ways in which the story of Saif al-Maluk has been treated over the last four centuries in one part of the Orient, namely South Asia. The telling of the story of a story which is attempted here will offer numerous opportunities for the display of curious and obscure material, and these will by no means be overlooked in a sketching of larger questions of literary and cultural history, of the kind which abound where the Thousand and One Nights is concerned. The tangled relationship of the respective reception histories of the collection in the West and in the East is one of the most complex of such issues which still awaits proper comparative investigation from an Asian perspective, as will shortly become apparent from the brief sketch below of the early publishing history in England and in India of the Nights and of the story of Saif al-Maluk. 

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