Review of Dov Noy, <em>Jewish Folktales from Morocco</em> and <em>Jewish Folktales from Tunis[ia]</em>
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
These are the first two books in a projected series of twelve volumes, each of which will include the folktales of a single Jewish ethnic group in Israel. The books are uniform in organization and each includes 71 tales (a traditional Jewish formulistic number), bibliographical sketches of both informants and collectors, bibliographies with extensive listings of related sociological, anthropological, and historical works, and, finally, motif, type, and general indexes. The books end—of start, if you open them at the wrong side—with English summaries of the tales, notes, and an introduction. The 71 stories in these volumes are a selection out of 270 Moroccan and 254 Tunisian narratives in the Israel Folktale Archives.