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This front matter section of this book titled Pens, Swords, and the Springs of Art contains the table of contents and the acknowledgements. The book includes a study of poetry dueling in standard Arabic; a description of the historical and performance contexts of the Palestinian duels, as well as of poets and their training; an analysis of a single performance; and a re-interpretation of the nature verbal dueling generally. 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: Palestinian duels; standard Arabic

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