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The Return Of The Hero: An Early Arab Motif

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In his study &t;Ein sonderbarer Anonymus des erst en J ahrhunderts d. H.&t;, in Oriens, W. Caskel tries to substantiate that various passages in the Dīwān of al-Aʿšā Maimūn are based on interpolation and actually originate from what he presumes to be an anonymous poet whom he regards as a personality of a certain historic significance. This chapter discusses these passages in detail. Subsequently to al-Aʿšā poem no. 36 Caskel comments on certain passages in poem no. 35 in which he believes to discover likewise lines by the same anonymous poet to whom he ascribes the lines from which we set out in expounding the early Arab motif of &t;The Return of the Hero&t;. The chapter quotes only the most important parts of the passages discussed by Caskel and of his statemenis concerning these passages.

Keywords: al-Aʿšā Maimūn; Arab motif; W. Caskel



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