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These oral tales were collected in the tribal areas on the Pakistan-Afghan frontier, a region described as the last free place on earth. It was here that the caravan routes from Persia, India and China once converged. With their blend of wit, fantasy, comedy and romance, they reflect the Pashtun code of honour and way of life that are now seriously threatened by social changes and recent political events. Most of them, such as the epic tale of Hazrat Ali, have never been recorded before, and might otherwise have been lost forever. Some are recognisable as universal types, such as a version of Androcles and the Lion and of the tale that provided Shakespeare with the plot of King Lear .
|Publication date:||29th April 2008|
|Author:||Aisha Ahmad, Roger Boase|
|Categories:||Anthologies (non-poetry), Folklore, myths & legends,|
Roger Boase is an honorary research fellow at Queen Mary College, University of London. He is the author of The Origin and Meaning of Courtly Love: the Troubadour Revival and many articles on Muslim Spain. Aisha Ahmad obtained her PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization.More About Aisha Ahmad, Roger Boase