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Procházka, Stephan: The Story of Sālim az-Zīr Abū Laylā al-Muhalhil in Cilician Arabic. Version 01

Abstract: The story about the pre-Islamic hero az-Zīr Sālim and the forty-year war of Basūs between the two tribes Taġlib and Bakr has been recorded by the author in South-Eastern Turkey. It is one of the best-known Arabic popular epics, and has been recited by a storyteller in Cilician Arabic. The article is dealing with oral literature as an expression of a non-literate society, where the spoken word and memory perform the functions of communication and record for which writing is used in literate societies. Although existent, script plays no part in those non-literate societies.

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