By Pierre Cachia

ISBN-10: 020322051X

ISBN-13: 9780203220511

ISBN-10: 0203296214

ISBN-13: 9780203296219

ISBN-10: 0700717250

ISBN-13: 9780700717255

Assuming no earlier wisdom of the topic, Arabic Literature - an summary offers a rounded and balanced view of Arab literary creativity. 'High' literature is tested along well known folks literature, and the classical and glossy classes, frequently taken care of individually, are provided jointly. Cachia's observations should not subordinated to any pre-formed literary thought, yet describe and illustrate the instructions taken, on the way to current an total photograph of the sphere of relevance to the scholar of literature in addition to to Arabists operating in comparable fields.

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Or I might say, ‘Write a letter in the sense that I indicate and compose a poem again in the sense I determine, in such a way that both end with the same words’ – would your arm stretch so far? Or I might say, ‘Compose a letter in the sense that I specify and prescribe, and recite whatever poems I specify without labouring or faltering, in such a way that what you end up writing may be read from the end to the beginning, making sense if read from the bottom up’ – would you aim a true dart at such a target, or hazard a gambler’s arrow and reach a measure of success?

Moreover, in his introductory volume the editor says of them and of the poet: “They are not worthy of him, but such is one of the impositions made by an environment in which the colloquial predominates”. In modern times, the insistence on “correct” classical usage for all serious writing does create difficulties for the journalist who tries to reach as wide a public as possible, or the scientist who relies on the colloquial for all his everyday contacts, depends heavily on Western sources for his research, yet has to record his own findings 2 The first of these two publications is asˇ-Sˇawqiyya¯t, ed.

Evident in this stratification is not only the total separation of form and substance, but the precedence given to form. A contributory factor may have been that Aristotle’s Poetics and his Rhetoric were translated, but – presumably because of the paganism that informed them – not the literary works to which they, and especially the Poetics, are relevant. The prestige of Aristotle, by Arabs often called ‘the First Teacher’, may have lent to rhetorical skills an intrinsic and independent value. e.

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