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Figuren der Bettler


Herzog, Thomas (2011). Figuren der Bettler. Asiatische Studien / Etudes Asiatiques, 65(1):65-91.

Abstract

This article analyzes the pre-modern Arab discourse on poverty and the poor. Based on a sample of widespread “classical” texts from the “belles-lettres” (adab) and the traditional religious canon, special interest is paid to the discourse on begging and beggars, as it is particularly revealing for our purpose. It turns out that the pre-modern Arab discourse on poverty and begging is highly ambivalent, but more or less marginalizing or valorizing depending on the social milieu (elite vs. “middle class” or “ʿāmma”) of the author(s) of a particular source text, and on whether the latter is moreover a “belles-lettres” or “religious” text.

This article analyzes the pre-modern Arab discourse on poverty and the poor. Based on a sample of widespread “classical” texts from the “belles-lettres” (adab) and the traditional religious canon, special interest is paid to the discourse on begging and beggars, as it is particularly revealing for our purpose. It turns out that the pre-modern Arab discourse on poverty and begging is highly ambivalent, but more or less marginalizing or valorizing depending on the social milieu (elite vs. “middle class” or “ʿāmma”) of the author(s) of a particular source text, and on whether the latter is moreover a “belles-lettres” or “religious” text.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques
Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 65 (2011) > 1
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
Language:German
Date:2011
Deposited On:21 Jun 2011 16:53
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:56
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-48456

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