Arabic Literature to the End of the Umayyad Period

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 3, 1983 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 547 pages
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Originally published in 1983, The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature was the first general survey of the field to have been published in English for over fifty years and the first attempted in such detail in a multi-volume form. The volumes of the History provide an invaluable source of reference and understanding of the intellectual, literary and religious heritage of the Arabic-speaking and Islamic world. This volume begins its coverage with the oral verse of the sixth century AD, and ends with the fall of the Umayyad dynasty two centuries later. Within this period fall major events: the life of the Prophet Muhammad, the founding of the Islamic religion, the great Arab Islamic conquests of territories outside the Arabian Peninsula, and their meeting, as overlords, with the Byzantine and Sasanian world. Contributors to this volume discuss an array of topics including the influences of Greeks, Persians and Syrians on early Arabic literature.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Background topics
1
Chapter 2 PreIslamic Poetry
27
Chapter 3 Early Arabic prose
114
the epistolary genre
154
Chapter 5 The role of parallelism in arabic prose
180
Chapter 6 The quranI
186
Chapter 7 The quranII
228
Chapter 8 Qisas elements in the quran
246
Chapter 14 European criticism of hadith Literature
317
Chapter 15 The impact of the quran and hadith on Medieval arabic literature
322
Chapter 16 The maghazi literature
344
Chapter 17 The sirah literature
352
Chapter 18 The poetry of the slrah literature
368
Chapter 19 Fables and legends in preislamic and Early islamic times
374
Chapter 20 Umayyad poetry
387
Chapter 21 Music and verse
433

Chapter 9 Aspects of the quran today
260
the development Of the science of hadith
271
collection and Transmission of hadith
289
Chapter 12 Shii hadith
299
Chapter 13 Narrative elements in the hadith Literature
308
Chapter 22 The greek impact on arabic literature
460
Chapter 23 The persian impact on arabic Literature
483
Chapter 24 The syriac impact on arabic literature
497
Index
540
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