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Othello in Oman

Aḥmad al-Izkī’s Fusion of Shakespeare and Classical Arab Epic

Katherine Hennessey

theatre troupes. 25 Al-Izkī’s recourse to the character of Antar seems inspired by this passion for Omani history, for Antar is in fact a historical figure from the Arabian Peninsula, ‘Antara ibn Shaddād al-‘Absī (ca. 525–608 ce, Figure 2 ). Antar was