Zenobia or al-Zabbāʾ: The Modern Arab Literary Reception of the Palmyran Protagonist

  title={Zenobia or al-Zabbāʾ: The Modern Arab Literary Reception of the Palmyran Protagonist},
  author={Robbert Woltering},
  journal={Middle Eastern Literatures},
  pages={25 - 42}
  • R. Woltering
  • Published 2 January 2014
  • Sociology
  • Middle Eastern Literatures
Abstract Historical sources present us with two Zenobia of Palmyra characters. In the Greco-Latin sources she is the leader of a great rebellion against the Roman Empire. That is the most commonly known version. There is, however, a second historiography of Zenobia. This Arab version presents us with a very different tale, in which Zenobia (al-Zabbāʾ) struggles in the context of Arab tribal warfare. This article is concerned with the way modern Arab authors have revived the memory of Zenobia. A… 

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