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Boeschoten, Hendrik
Alexander Stories in Ajami Turkic
volume: 75
pages/dimensions: IV, 98 Seiten, 8 schwarz-weiß Abbildung(en) - 24 × 17 cm
binding: Paperback
publishing date: 1. Auflage 07.2009
prices: 39,80 Eur[D] / 41,00 Eur[A] / 69,00 CHF
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.