The Poetics of Ancient and Classical Arabic Literature: by Esad Durakovic

By Esad Durakovic

Through analysing historic and classical Arabic literature, together with the Qur'an, from in the Arabic literary culture, this ebook presents an unique interpretation of poetics, and of alternative very important points of Arab tradition.

Ancient Arabic literature is a realm of poetry; prose literary kinds emerged particularly overdue, or even then remained within the shadow of poetic artistic efforts. ordinarily, this literature has been considered via a philologist’s lens and has usually been represented as ‘materialistic’ within the feel that its poetry lacked mind's eye. for that reason, Arabic poetry was once usually evaluated negatively relating to different poetic traditions. The Poetics of historical and Classical Arabic Literature argues that outdated Arabic literature is remarkably coherent in poetical phrases and has its personal individuality, and that says of its materialism come up from a failure to know the poetic ideas of the Arabic culture. Analysing the Qur’an, that's recognized for confronting the poetry of the time, this ebook finds that "post Qur’anic" literature got here to be outlined opposed to it. therefore, the structure and interpretation of Arabic literature imposed itself as a selected exegesis of the sacred Text.

Disputing conventional interpretations by means of arguing that Arabic literature can merely be assessed from inside of, and never via comparability with different literary traditions, this e-book is of curiosity to scholars and students of Islamic stories, Arabic reports and Literary Studies.

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The Poetics of Ancient and Classical Arabic Literature: Orientology

Via analysing historical and classical Arabic literature, together with the Qur'an, from in the Arabic literary culture, this e-book presents an unique interpretation of poetics, and of alternative very important features of Arab tradition. historical Arabic literature is a realm of poetry; prose literary types emerged really past due, or even then remained within the shadow of poetic artistic efforts.

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The loose connection between such clauses is established by coordinating conjuncts that, in effect, emphasise their parallelism. Adding to that the extraordinary capacity of the Arabic language to effect juxtaposition on any syntactic level, it is clear that the parallelism and fragmentation of the arabesque is at the very 14 Poetics­of­the­Arabesque heart and soul of this culture. As for its morphology, words originate from threeconsonant root words, spreading circles of lexical wealth across the semantic field by way of precise flexions and inflexions.

In addition, despite their being amazed, a careful reader can also discover a number of other connotations or contents in the term orientology – including a specific communication with, for instance, the works of Edward Said and Jacques Derrida. My research has led me to conclude that Old Arabic literature is a remarkably coherent system in poetical terms, that it has its own individuality which is, in many aspects, explored in this book, and that certain conventional notions of and judgements about it – such as a negative judgement about the “materialistic nature” of ancient Arabic poetry – arise from failures to understand the poetic principles of this tradition.

In any event, it would have had to be a very different book from this one. In rejecting this option, I felt the need to write a book that was neither a compilation of Western thinking in this field nor a direct reference to the literature in question. Quite simply, I believe that we need a new reading, a new interpretation and assessment of ancient and classical Arabic literature, but from within that literature itself, not against the background of the findings of recent works in oriental studies or the study of Islamic literature.

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