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Kitāb Al-Muḥāḍarah Wa-Al-Mudhākarah by Moshe Ibn Ezra compared with Kit Ābal-Badīʿ by Ibn Al-MuʿTazz

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The single comprehensive essay written in the Middle Ages on the poetics of medieval Hebrew secular poetry in Spain, namely Kitāb Al-Muḥāḍarah Wa-Al-Mudhākarah by Moshe ibn Ezra (c. 1055-1138), was investigated by two contemporary scholars in a comparative approach towards the system of rhetorical devices in medieval Arabic poetics. Yet this magnificent work deserves further research regarding many other perspectives. The present paper compares Ibn Ezra's work with the first Arabic book on poetics- Kitāb al-badī’- by the Arabic poet, critic, and historian of Arabic poetry, 'Abd Allah ibn al-Mu'tazz (861-908), who became a caliph in Baghdad just a few days before he was murdered. The main objective of Ibn al-Mu'tazz was to end once and forever the intense controversy among the Arabic poets and literati over the issue of the badī’, that highly developed system of rhetorical devices in poetry.

Keywords: Arabic poetry; Ibn al-Mu'tazz; Kitāb al-badī’; Kitāb Al-Muḥāḍarah Wa-Al-Mudhākarah ; medieval Hebrew secular poetry; Moshe ibn Ezra; Spain



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