International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Influence of Classical Arabic Narrative on Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist
Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud Harb

This study attempts to show the influence of Arabic literature on Paolo Coelho through his Alchemist novel. It analyzes the relationship between Alchemist and He Saw in His Dreams That His Richness Would Be in Egypt story written by Al-Tanukhi. The researcher traced the similarities and differences of the two works to conclude that Coelho had been influenced by Al-Tanukhie’s story as he found strong relationship between the two works. It became apparent that Coelho is influenced by Al-Tanukhi as the later lived long time ago before the first. Of these similarities that the researcher traced the motive, place, time, dream, and the plot of the two stories. Despite the difficulty of tracing the similarities between the two works as a result of time, place and genre differences, the researcher has achieved his goal and traced all the possible similarities.

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