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Appendix: Arabic Texts

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This appendix presents a list of Arabic texts that occur in the book titled Pens, Swords, and the Springs of Art. Poetry dueling has a long and varied history in Arabic. Indeed, some of the oldest extant texts of standard Arabic literature are poetry duels, and the genre has thrived in many forms throughout Arab literary history. Including a transcription and translation of an entire performance, the book considers the social efficacy of poetry dueling, its aesthetic nature, and its value as a compositional device within a larger system of poetic production.

Keywords: poetry dueling; standard Arabic literature

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