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The suspended ‘superhuman’ in medieval Christian and Muslim legend and romance

The suspended ‘superhuman’ in medieval Christian and Muslim legend and romance © Al-Masaq, 6 (1993): 77-94 Articles THE SUSPENDED 'SUPERHUMAN' IN MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM LEGEND AN D ROMANCE Harry T. Norris School of Oriental and African Studies University of London Amongst the numerous Arabic Persian and Indian books which Ibn al- Nactlm (d. 378/988) lists in his al-Fihrist, his famous catalogue of works of all kinds which are composed, read, and esteemed in his days, was one which bore the title. "The King and the Woman Whom he Hung between Heaven and Earth, So that a Thousand Horsemen Found Shade beneath Her".1 We know nothing, apart from this title, about the content of this intriguing story. It is amongst the numerous titles of lost works which he includes in his book. As Gibb has aptly remarked: "The Fihrist reveals to us how enormous was the output of Arabic literature in the first three centuries of Islam, and how very little has come down to us. Of many authors we possess only small fragments, and the great majority would otherwise have been entirely unknown to us even by name".2 However, we do know that the theme of this tale was never forgotten. In the Antar Romance {Slrat cAntar), which assumed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean Taylor & Francis

The suspended ‘superhuman’ in medieval Christian and Muslim legend and romance

The suspended ‘superhuman’ in medieval Christian and Muslim legend and romance

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© Al-Masaq, 6 (1993): 77-94 Articles THE SUSPENDED 'SUPERHUMAN' IN MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM LEGEND AN D ROMANCE Harry T. Norris School of Oriental and African Studies University of London Amongst the numerous Arabic Persian and Indian books which Ibn al- Nactlm (d. 378/988) lists in his al-Fihrist, his famous catalogue of works of all kinds which are composed, read, and esteemed in his days, was one which bore the title. "The King and the Woman Whom he Hung between...
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© Al-Masaq, 6 (1993): 77-94 Articles THE SUSPENDED 'SUPERHUMAN' IN MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM LEGEND AN D ROMANCE Harry T. Norris School of Oriental and African Studies University of London Amongst the numerous Arabic Persian and Indian books which Ibn al- Nactlm (d. 378/988) lists in his al-Fihrist, his famous catalogue of works of all kinds which are composed, read, and esteemed in his days, was one which bore the title. "The King and the Woman Whom he Hung between Heaven and Earth, So that a Thousand Horsemen Found Shade beneath Her".1 We know nothing, apart from this title, about the content of this intriguing story. It is amongst the numerous titles of lost works which he includes in his book. As Gibb has aptly remarked: "The Fihrist reveals to us how enormous was the output of Arabic literature in the first three centuries of Islam, and how very little has come down to us. Of many authors we possess only small fragments, and the great majority would otherwise have been entirely unknown to us even by name".2 However, we do know that the theme of this tale was never forgotten. In the Antar Romance {Slrat cAntar), which assumed

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Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval MediterraneanTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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