An Ethnographic Discussion of Folk Tales from Southern Oman

(photo by M. A. AL Awaid)

Forthcoming – expected publication Winter 2019

Abstract

My paper examines the physical cultural markers within a set of folk and fairy tales recorded in southern Oman. In the 1970s Dr. Tom Johnstone documented the un-written, Modern South Arabian languages of Gibali/ Jebbali (also known as Shahri) and Mehri in the Dhofar region of Oman. In 2014, Dr. Aaron Rubin’s published a book on Gibali grammar based on his own research, Johnstone’s notes and data from Gibali speakers living in America; the book includes 70 texts of taped speech transliterated into Gibali with an accompanying English translation.