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Qaṣīda Its Reconstruction In Performance

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In recent scholarship the classical Arabic ode (qaṣīda) has gained recognition for its multiple identities and inner logic; even medieval Arabic poetics has been shown to give sporadic attention to its composition as a whole. In this enterprise, the early Abbasid ode with its articulated larger forms has rightly received special attention. The focus of this chapter is quite the opposite: not whole odes as they are preserved in dīwāns but rather the “fragmentary” versions in which they appear in akhbār devoted to “modern” (muḥdath) poets of the third/ninth century and collected by Ibn al-Jarrāḥ, Ibn al-Muʿtazz, Abū Bakr al-Ṣīlī, and Abū l-Faraj al- Iṣbahānī.

Keywords: Abū Bakr al-Ṣīlī; Abū l-Faraj al- Iṣbahānī; Abbasid ode; akhbār; classical Arabic ode; dīwāns; Ibn al-Jarrāḥ; Ibn al-Muʿtazz; medieval Arabic poetics; qaṣīda



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