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Boeschoten, Hendrik
Alexander Stories in Ajami Turkic
volume: 75
pages/dimensions: IV, 98 pages
language: English
binding: Book (Paperback)
dimensions: 17.00 × 24.00 cm
edition: 1. Auflage
publishing date: 11.01.2009
prices: 39,80 Eur[D] / 41,00 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-05725-7
39,80 Eur

The book contains an edition of a collection of six stories about Alexander Dhulqarnain found in a manuscript kept in St. Petersburg, together with a translation, analyses of the language and the literary content, and indices. The stories must have been written in some variety of Western Oghuz Turkic in Iran, but the manuscript itself is a rather late copy, produced in a Kipchak-Chaghatay environment (presumably Kazan). The content of the stories are of the adventurous kind, and betray a background of more or less popular performances by storytellers. One striking feature is the interest taken in mechanical contraptions, such as automata for the purpose of the defence of castles.