Humor in Early Islam, first published in 1956, is a pioneering
study by the versatile and prolific scholar Franz Rosenthal (1914
2003), who (having published an article on mediaeval Arabic
blurbs), should have written this text himself. It contains an
annotated translation of an Arabic text on a figure who became the
subject of many jokes and anecdotes, the greedy and obtuse Ash?ab,
a singer who lived in the eighth century but whose literary and
fictional life long survived him. The translation is preceded by
chapters on the textual sources and on the historical and legendary
personalities of Ash?ab; the book ends with a short essay on
laughter. Whether or not the jokes will make a modern reader laugh,
the book is a valuable source for those seriously interested in a
religion or a culture that all too often but unjustly is
associated, by outsiders, with an aversion to laughter.
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