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IX Der König und sein Hof

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This chapter presents an overview on the King and his court in al-Ḥīra. The pre-Islamic Arabs is attributed to fundamental aversion against monarchical forms of government. The Laḫmiden cultivated a royal court in their capital in a businesslike, social and communicative point of view for the first time in Arab history, which had the function to represent their power visible from the outside. Arabists, the Court of Laḫmiden best known as the meeting place of many famous pre-Islamic poets who were attracted by the patronage of the local rulers and eulogies written on it. The king in al-Ḥīra knew how to nourish the dependence of the courtly poet by aloofness. So it was not easy to get the entrance into the private audience because only the closest friends and drinking companions had the privilege to operate there. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: al-Ḥīra; Laḫmiden; pre-Islamic Arabs; pre-Islamic poets; royal court

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