Corpus of Soqotri Oral Literature

Volume 2

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Four years after the publication of the Corpus of Soqotri Oral Literature, volume I (Brill, 2014), this volume present the second installment of the Corpus. Inspired by D.H. Müller’s pioneering studies of the 1900s, the authors publish a large body of folklore and ethnographic texts in Soqotri. The language is spoken by more than 100,000 people inhabiting the island Soqotra (Gulf of Aden, Yemen). Soqotri is among the most archaic Semitic languages spoken today, whereas the oral literature of the islanders is a mine of original motifs and plots. Texts appear in transcription, English and Arabic translations, and the Arabic-based native script. Philological annotations deal with grammatical, lexical and literary features, as well as realia. The Glossary accumulates all words attested in the volume. The Plates provide a glimpse into the fascinating landscapes of the island and the traditional lifestyle of its inhabitants.

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Biographical Note
Vitaly Naumkin, Ph.D. (1972), Dr. Sc. (1981) is the president of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has published books and articles on the Arab and Islamic world in ancient and modern times. He is a fieldwork researcher on Soqotra since 1974.

Leonid Kogan, Ph.D. (2001), is head of the Ancient Near Eastern department of the Institute for Oriental and Classical studies, Russian State University for the Humanities, and the vice-director of the Insitute for Oriental and Classical Studies, National Research University–Higher School of Economics. His publications deal with comparative Semitic grammar and etymology. He is fieldwork researcher on Soqotra since 2010.

Isa Guman Aldarhi, is a primary school teacher in his native tribal area Darho.
Ahmed Isa Aldarhi, has a bachelor in English from the Soqotra branch of the University of Hadramawt.
Maysoon Mohammed Aldarhi, is a graduate student of Islamic sciences at the Soqotra branch of the University of Hadramawt.
Maria Bulakh, Ph.D. (2005), is a lecturer in Ethiopian languages at the Institute for Oriental and Classical studies, Russian State University for the Humanities and the Insitute for Oriental and Classical Studies, National Research University–Higher School of Economics. She has published numerous articles on grammar and lexicon of Geez, modern Ethiopian languages and Semitic in general. She is field researcher on Soqotra since 2017.
Dmitry Cherkashin is a lecturer in Classical Arabic at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, National Research University–Higher School of Economics. He is a fieldwork researcher on Soqotra since 2010.
Ekaterina Vizirova is a lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern languages at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, National Research University–Higher School of Economics. She is a fieldwork researcher on Soqotra since 2012.
Table of contents
Preface On This Volume Abbreviations of Lexicographic Tools
Introduction

The Texts


Text 1 The Son of Cowhide | ابن ذي الجلود
Text 2 How People Make Use of Milk on Soqotra | كيف يستفيد أهل سقطرى من الحليب
Text 3 How People Treat Meat on Soqotra | كيف أهل سقطرى يعملون باللحم
Text 4 A Wife’s Betrayal of Her Husband | المرأة الخائنة لزوجها
Text 5 Oh Generation … | يا أيها الجيل …
Text 6 My Step-Mother Says … | تقول خالتي
Text 7 The Cow Named Ditbaḥt | قصة البقرة ديتبحت
Text 8 Little Isa | قصة الولد ديعسياتن
Text 9 How People Plant Palm Trees on Soqotra | كيف يغرس أهل سقطرى أشجار النخل
Text 10 Drying and Trampling of Dates | ألتجفيف والعجن
Text 11 Kinds of Dates on Soqotra | تمر نخل سقطرى
Text 12 Riddles | الألغاز
Text 13 A Rich Man Who Had Nothing | التاجر الخيالي
Text 14 The Devil’s Seed | نطفة إبليس
Text 15 A Man’s Advice to His Friend | نصيحة الرجل لزميله
Text 16 A Kind Jinni Woman | الجنية اللطيفة
Text 17 A Jinni Woman Who Advises Well | الجنية الناصحة
Text 18 A Jinni Woman with Nails | جنية ذات مسمار
Text 19 A Prayer Heard | الدعاء المستجاب
Text 20 Cinderella | رميدة
Text 21 When Animals Could Talk | الحيوانات الناطقة
Text 22 The Four Teats | الضروع الأربعة
Text 23 The Two Liars | كذبة الاثنين
Text 24 A Son Rebukes His Mother | الولد العاتب لأمّه
Text 25 The Fairy | الجنية اللطيفة
Text 26 The Sultan’s Assembly | اجتماع السلطان
Text 27 How People Built a House in Former Times | كيف كان الناس يبنون المنزل في الماضي
Text 28 The Wicked Stepmother | الأم الغادرة
Text 29 A Boy’s Wit | نكتة الولد
Text 30 The Story of the Tribe Eter | قصة آتر

Appendices


Glossary List of Plates Plates Bibliography
Readership
All interested in descriptive and comparative Semitic linguistics, Modern South Arabian studies, Middle Eastern oral literature, and the sociolinguistic landscape of Yemen.