By Dalya Cohen-Mor
Dalya Cohen-Mor examines the evolution of the idea that of destiny within the Arab global via readings of spiritual texts, poetry, fiction, and folklore. She contends that trust in destiny has retained its power and keeps to play a pivotal position within the Arabs' outlook on existence and their social psychology. Interwoven with the chapters are sixteen sleek brief tales that extra light up this attention-grabbing subject.
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In two notable verses, he mentions that the presenter had two boxes: he would take his ﬁgures from the ﬁrst, where they were arranged in order of appearance, and place them in the second after they had been displayed. 95 As he writes: I see this Universe as a shadow play; Its Mover is the much-forgiving Lord. 96 Not all scholars and poets strove to emphasize the didactic intention of the shadow play. Those Muslim philosophers who were to a certain degree nonconformist introduced cynicism and skepticism into the per- God’s Will 23 ceived analogy between the puppet show variety and human life.
83 Despite the plausibility of his conclusion, Badawi’s discussion does not consider the fact that literary works can also God’s Will 21 serve as a vehicle for the writer’s didactic intentions and wishful thoughts. Such works reﬂect not the way things are but the way things ought to be. Hence they do not paint an accurate picture of the prevailing literary or social climate. Nevertheless, the Egyptian cultural scene is of paramount signiﬁcance, for Egypt has always been in the forefront of Arabic literary activity and its output is both inﬂuential and familiar throughout the Arab world.
89 Usually performed in the streets and market places and occasionally also in the palaces of sultans and emirs, the shadow play entertained even the rich and educated, but in the main it served as an amusement for the common people. Jacob M. Landau classiﬁes the different types of this early theater: “Puppet shows fall naturally into three categories: mar- 22 A Matter of Fate ionette plays, hand-puppet plays, and shadow plays. . The common denominator is the puppet’s lack of existence or possibility of action outside the will of the hidden manipulator of the strings.
A Matter of Fate: The Concept of Fate in the Arab World As Reflected in Modern Arabic Literature by Dalya Cohen-Mor