By Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq,Humphrey Davies

Leg over Leg recounts the existence, from delivery to center age, of ‘the Fariyaq,’ modify ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal determine within the highbrow and literary background of the fashionable Arab international. The continually edifying and sometimes hilarious adventures of the Fariyaq, as he strikes from his local Lebanon to Egypt, Malta, Tunis, England and France, give you the writer with grist for wide-ranging discussions of the highbrow and social problems with his time, together with the lack of expertise and corruption of the Lebanese spiritual and secular institutions, freedom of moral sense, women’s rights, sexual relationships among women and men, the manners and customs of Europeans and heart Easterners, and the variations among modern eu and Arabic literatures. Al-Shidyaq additionally celebrates the genius and sweetness of the classical Arabic language.
 
Akin to Sterne and Rabelais in his satirical outlook and technical inventiveness, al-Shidyaq produced in Leg Over Leg a paintings that's detailed and unclassifiable. It used to be before everything generally condemned for its assaults on authority, its spiritual skepticism, and its “obscenity,” and later variations have been frequently abridged. this can be the 1st English translation of the paintings and reproduces the unique Arabic textual content, released less than the author’s supervision in 1855.

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