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Watson, Janet C / Salam al Amri, Abd al-
Wasf Sanca: Texts in Sancani Arabic
volume: 23
pages/dimensions: 319 pages
language: Arabic, English
binding: Book (Paperback)
dimensions: 24.00 × 17.00 cm
weight: 570g
edition: 1. Auflage
publishing date: 01.01.2000
prices: 64,00 Eur[D] / 65,80 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-04266-6
64,00 Eur

This work is the first book-length ethno-linguistic study of Sananı-Arabic. The book comprises twenty-eight original oral texts which have been transcribed, translated and annotated by the author, a linguistic introduction to the texts, a glossary of all words contained in the texts, and a list of references. Each of the texts deals with one or more aspects of Yemeni culture. These include: the old city, oil presses, the old watercourse, bread, the development of restaurants, Yemeni cooking and recipes, travel in Yemen, gat, Yemeni architecture, the water-pipe, children’s games of yesterday and today, Islamic festivals, and weddings. The texts are principally descriptions, narratives or mixed descriptive-narratives of personal experience. Together they tell a story of change and of what remains despite the forces of change - the rules of hospitality, fasting, food, the bath-houses - and show Yemen as a country where tradition and innovation are intriguingly interwoven.