209 P. 162. Story no. 18 is a difficult one for the English reader to follow, with its succession of pronouns having different referents. Particularly opaque is Hutchins' "She said, 'So-and-so also' until her client" for the succinct qalat wa- fuldn It-sdhz'biha-, which means " The lady said, 'And so-and-so', referring to the old woman's client" (he being the suitor who had bribed the old woman to for- ward his suit). In story no. 19 we are told that Hisham b. 'Abd al-Malik "used to distress his sex partners". How Hutchins arrives at this I cannot guess. Nor can I make sense out of Harun's text kdnayaqbidu 1-liyiiba, where the noun is his emendation of the MS al-tayyiba; the latter seems to make perfectly good sense, "he used to get hold of a non-virgin" . P. 163. "The governor had an elegant Medinese scribe who said to him, 'Woe to you (way4aka)! What are ... ?' ". But zar f here is surely not 'elegant' but 'clever, witty'; and most certainly the scribe did not address his master in such brusque terms. One must read "The governor had a clever Medinese secretary, to whom he said, 'Damn you!
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1989
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