The Mantle Odes

The Mantle Odes : Arabic Praise Poems to the Prophet Muhammad

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Three of the most renowned praise poems to the Prophet, the mantle odes span the arc of Islamic history from Muhammad's lifetime, to the medieval Mamluk period, to the modern colonial era. Over the centuries, they have informed the poetic and religious life of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych places her original translations of the poems within the odes' broader cultural context. By highlighting their transformative power as speech acts and their ritual function as gift exchanges, this book not only demonstrates the relevance of these poems to contemporary scholarship but also reveals their power and beauty to the modern more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253222060
  • 9780253222060
  • 872,928

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[T]he reader can learn much from Stetkevych's study . . . .April 2013 * Speculum * Stetkevych provides an original translation and careful analysis of three landmark poems in Arabic Islamic literature . . . Recommended. * Choice *show more

About Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych

Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is author of The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy: Myth, Gender, and Ceremony in the Classical Arabic Ode (IUP, 2002).show more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsNote on Translation and TransliterationList of Abbreviations1. Ka'b ibn Zuhayr and the Mantle of the Prophet Introduction The Pre-Islamic Prototype 1. 'Alqamah's A Heart Turbulent with Passion: The Poem as Ransom Payment 2. Al-Nabighah's O Abode of Mayyah: Transgression and Redemption 3. Zuhayr ibn Abi Sulma's The Tribe Set Out: The Tacit Panegyric Pact The Pre-Islamic as Proto-Islamic Ka'b ibn Zuhayr's Su'ad Has Departed The Conversion Narrative The Conversion Ode Part 1: Lyric-Elegiac Prelude (Nasib) Part 2: Desert Journey (Rahil) Part 3: Praise (Madih) Mythogenesis: The Donation of the Mantle Conclusion Hassan ibn Thabit's At Taybah Lies a Trace2. Al-Busiri and the Dream of the Mantle Introduction Poetic Genre Poetic Style: Classical and Post-Classical Badi' The Poet and His Times The Miracle and the Poem 'Umar ibn al-Farid's Was That Layla's Fire The Mantle Ode The Structure of al-Busiri's Burdah The Beginning of the Supplicatory Pattern: Parts 1-3 Part 1: Prophetic Nasib Part 2: Warning against the Desires of the Self Part 3: Praise of the Noble Messenger The Sirah-Derived Passages: Parts 4-8 Poeticization and Polemicization Part 4: The Birth of the Prophet Part 5: The Miracles of the Prophet Part 6: The Noble Qur'an Part 7: The Night Journey and Ascension Part 8: The Messenger's Jihad and Campaigns Completion of the Supplicatory Pattern: Parts 9-10 Part 9: Supplication and Plea for Intercession Part 10: Fervent Prayer and Petition Conclusion3. Ahmad Shawqi and the Reweaving of the Mantle Introduction Ahmad Shawqi and the Nahdah Poetic Precedents Authorizing the Text: The Khedive, the Shaykh, and the Adib The Colonial Double Bind Shawqi's Nahj al-Burdah: The Thematic Structure Nahj al-Burdah Movementshow more

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