Çukurova Arabs who share almost the same culture as Antakya Arabs is an ethnic group living in the provincial centers of Adana and Mersin and some districts of these provinces and calling themselves “Arab-Alevi”. The settlement of this ethnic group in the region started with the Hamdani State in the 9th century, but migrations and settlements were interrupted from time to time. The last major settlement took place in the 19th century. Accordingly, the last generation who has the ability to read and write the Classical Arabic and use this Arabic effectively is the generation born at the end of the 19th century. The Çukurova Arabs, whose number is approximately 1 million today, have largely diverged from the written cultural elements and have entered a verbal literary production process only. However, to date, no researcher has addressed the general framework of this oral literature, and has not commented on what these oral literary products are and how they should be classified. In this study, the oral literature products of Çukurova Arabs, which are gradually disappearing and which must be documented urgently, are classified and observations on each genre are shared through sampling.
Publication Date : August 31, 2020
|APA||Özezen, M . (2020). Çukurova Araplarının Sözlü Edebiyatları Üzerine Gözlemler . The Journal of Mesopotamian Studies , 5 (2) , 167-189 . DOI: 10.35859/jms.2020.703532|