The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy

The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy : Myth, Gender, and Ceremony in the Classical Arabic Ode

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"... transcends the realm of literature and poetic criticism to include virtually every field of Arabic and Islamic studies." -Roger AllenThroughout the classical Arabic literary tradition, from its roots in pre-Islamic Arabia until the end of the Golden Age in the 10th century, the courtly ode, or qasida, dominated other poetic forms. In The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy, Suzanne Stetkevych explores how this poetry relates to ceremony and political authority and how the classical Arabic ode encoded and promoted a myth and ideology of legitimate Arabo-Islamic rule. Beginning with praise poems to pre-Islamic Arab kings, Stetkevych takes up poetry in praise of the Prophet Mohammed and odes addressed to Arabo-Islamic rulers. She explores the rich tradition of Arabic praise poems in light of ancient Near Eastern rites and ceremonies, gender, and political culture. Stetkevych's superb English translations capture the immediacy and vitality of classical Arabic poetry while opening up a multifaceted literary tradition for readers everywhere.show more

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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22mm | 599.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 42 figures, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253215366
  • 9780253215369
  • 2,000,017

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments1. Transgression and Redemption: Cuckolding the King Al-N~bighah al-Dhuby~n and the Pre-Islamic Royal Ode2. Transmission and Submission: Praising the Prophet KaAEb ibn Zuhayr and the Islamic Ode3. Celebration and Restoration: Praising the Caliph Al-Akhal and the Umayyad Victory Ode4. Supplication and Negotiation: The Client Outraged Al-Akhal and the Supplicatory Ode5. Political Dominion as Sexual Domination Aba al-AEAt~hiyah, Aba Tamm~m and the Poetics of Power6. The Poetics of Political Allegiance Praise and Blame in Three Odes by al-Mutanabb7. The Poetics of Ceremony and the Competition for LegitimacyAl-Muhannad al-Baghd~d, Muammad ibn Shukhhay, Ibn Darr~j al-Qasall and the Andalusian OdeAppendix of Arabic TextsNotesWorks CitedIndexshow more

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