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Nadrat al-afaq fi jaza'ir al-waqwaq: At the border of knowledge in classical Arabic literature
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Oriental Languages, Middle Eastern Studies.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

'Waqwaq' is something that is often attested in classical Arabic literature and that does not always refer to the same thing. In some cases it can be an island or even more than one. Sometimes it is a piece of land, sometimes a tree, sometimes a group of people and sometimes a bird. Waqwaq is for example found in medieval Arabic geographical texts that claims to describe the inhabited world and the end of it, which varied a lot.

Today we have a geographical end to the world we live in. We know how far we can travel and we more or less know what we are going to find. But how was it in the Arabic speaking world during the Middle Ages? Where was the end of the world located and what was to be found there?

This Magister's Thesis is about finding the characteristics for the Arabic geographical myth through waqwaq as a case study.

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2008. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Arabic Classical Literature, Myths, Waqwaq, Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42480OAI: diva2:347011
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2010-09-01 Created: 2010-09-02 Last updated: 2012-12-17Bibliographically approved

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