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

The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy

Myth, Gender, and Ceremony in the Classical Arabic Ode

Paperback Published: 17th October 2002
ISBN: 9780253215369
Number Of Pages: 408

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..". transcends the realm of literature and poetic criticism to include virtually every field of Arabic and Islamic studies." -- Roger Allen

Throughout 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.

" ... transcends the realm of literature and poetic criticism to include virtually every field of Arabic and Islamic studies." -Roger Allen

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
Transgression and Redemption: Cuckolding the King: Al-Nabighah al-Dhubyani and the Pre-Islamic Royal Odep. 1
Transmission and Submission: Praising the Prophet: Ka'b ibn Zuhayr and the Islamic Odep. 48
Celebration and Restoration: Praising the Caliph: Al-Akhtal and the Umayyad Victory Odep. 80
Supplication and Negotiation: The Client Outraged: Al-Akhtal and the Supplicatory Odep. 110
Political Dominion as Sexual Domination: Abu al-'Atahiyah, Abu Tammam, and the Poetics of Powerp. 144
The Poetics of Political Allegiance: Praise and Blame in Three Odes by al-Mutanabbip. 180
The Poetics of Ceremony and the Competition for Legitimacy: Al-Muhannad al-Baghdadi, Muhammad ibn Shukhays, Ibn Darraj al-Qastalli, and the Andalusian Odep. 241
App. of Arabic Textsp. 283
Notesp. 325
Works Citedp. 361
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9780253215369
ISBN-10: 0253215366
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 17th October 2002
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.57