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Visit to the Tomb of Al-Husayn B. 'Alī in Shiite Poetry: First to Fifth Centuries AH (8th-11th Centuries CE)

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The present study concerns visiting the tomb of Husayn b. 'Alī (d. 680 CE) in Karbalī', as reflected in Shiite poetry written between the first and fifth centuries AH. The article opens with a description of the visit, the ceremonies it involves, the virtues and purposes attributed to it, as well as the motivation behind the poetry associated with it. The study then describes the characteristics of this "visit poetry," its language and its artistic structure.


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