Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expounded: Volume One

Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expounded Volume One Unique in pre th century Arabic literature for taking the countryside as its central theme Yusuf al Shirbini s Brains Confounded combines a mordant satire on seventeenth century Egyptian rural soci

  • Title: Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expounded: Volume One
  • Author: Yusuf Al-Shirbini Humphrey Davies
  • ISBN: 9781479882342
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Unique in pre 20th century Arabic literature for taking the countryside as its central theme, Yusuf al Shirbini s Brains Confounded combines a mordant satire on seventeenth century Egyptian rural society with a hilarious parody of the verse and commentary genre so beloved by scholars of his day In Volume One, Al Shirbini describes the three rural types peasant cultivatUnique in pre 20th century Arabic literature for taking the countryside as its central theme, Yusuf al Shirbini s Brains Confounded combines a mordant satire on seventeenth century Egyptian rural society with a hilarious parody of the verse and commentary genre so beloved by scholars of his day In Volume One, Al Shirbini describes the three rural types peasant cultivator, village man of religion and rural dervish offering numerous anecdotes testifying to the ignorance, dirtiness, illiteracy, lack of proper religious understanding, and criminality of each He follows it in Volume Two with a 47 line poem supposedly written by a peasant named Abu Shaduf, who charts the rise and fall of his fortunes and bewails, above all, the lack of access to delicious foods to which his poverty has condemned him Wielding the scholarly tools of elite literature, al Shirbini responds to the poem with derision and ridicule, dotting his satire of the ignorant rustic with numerous digressions into love, food, and flatulence Witty, bawdy, and vicious, Brains Confounded belongs to an unrecognized genre from an understudied period in Egypt s Ottoman history, and is a work of outstanding importance for the study of pre modern colloquial Egyptian Arabic, pitting the coarse rural masses against the refined and urbane in a contest for cultural and religious primacy, with a heavy emphasis on the writing of verse as a yardstick of social acceptability.

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    • An unusual mini-masterwork from the canon of bawdy, naughty, and perverted Arabic literature from the 18th century, featuring more pissing, shitting, romping, and violation of young boys than a hen night in Ancient Rome. The first volume contains a series of merciless excoriations of the peasantry, who were simpletons and morons worthy of contempt from the upper orders (forget about the satire “punching up” here), featuring anecdotal depictions of their escapades, their bumbling rustic ill-m [...]



    • Read one-third to one half. Seemed repetitive to go on; farther on I could see mostly philological emphasis. Interesting as a book you wouldn't expect (scatalogical erudition), and as an example of the art of using classic works to weave an argument or story as much for the display of erudition as the new product, it seemed from the introduction, which was quite useful. I'd appreciate advice from anyone who's finished it; is it worth requesting again via ILL to get to the end?


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