The subject, which is going to be discussed here, represents a brief description of the general direction of 20th century research in the field of Arab popular epic and the Sirat Sayf ibn DI Yazan conducted by Arab scholars and literary critics. Despite the fact that some of the studies which are mentioned in the following pages are out of date, discussing them is still profitable because they offer a complex review of the gradual development of scholarly opinion on the Arabic popular sira, which was marked until recently by many misconceptions and methodological confusion.
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