"This is an essential reference tool for all folklore and Arabic literature collections." -- Choice
"Hasan El-Shamy's work on folklore is absolutely outstanding, a monumental piece of scholarship." -- Digest of Middle East Studies
"... reflects superior scholarship. Preparing a motif-index of folk literature requires a special kind of scholar with depth in a cultural area and breadth in international folklore studies... El-Shamy, I am pleased to report, is one of them." -- Ronald Baker
This two-volume guide will be an important research tool in comparative folklore studies as well as in Arabic studies.