81 before (cf. pp. 15, 227). The indifferent treatment meted out to the carabïya in the quotations is unpleasant, too; the reader frequently stumbles over repeated cases of mistaken vocalisation and violations of morphology: šahadtu, ta`radu instead of ta`ri,du, albisu; lam yadurrka, lam yastabiqqhii; lalaihf, ilaihz, canhii etc.; tu'allimu 1-?awdrz-; rawa ... musannafdtahi7,- tašaffiyan, muftïyan; siffa instead of sifa, mut`a instead of mutCa, . šiciib instead of šacciib and so on. Notwithstanding these critical remarks, I am inclined to follow Leder in many of his arguments. Moreover, the monograph contains a lot of shrewd observa- tions on topics other than questions of transmission, e. g., on the literary and ideological tendencies in al-Haitam's transmission activity. Leder's book is an important contribution to the study of Arabic prose literature. Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gie β en TILMAN SEIDENSTICKER REVIEWS WIEBKE WALTHER, Tausend und eine Nacht, Munich and Zurich, Artemis Verlag, 1989, 174 pp. Some readers might imagine that the most fantastic features of the Arabian Nights are revealed by the plots developed in this world-famous collection of tales. We may discover, however, to our great surprise, that the history of the text itself is of an even more fantastic nature. From the
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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