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Title: Some aspects of the earliest Islamic literature : Islamic poetry of the Mukhadrimin
Author: Asrar, Mohammad
ISNI:       0000 0001 3431 0398
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 1978
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The name Mukhadrimin/Mukhadramin is given to those Arabic poets who were born before Islam but continued to live and compose during the Islamic period. A portion of the surviving poetry of these poets - specifically, the longer and most complete poems that are believed to have been composed after the advent of Islam by the most important of the poets generally designated by this name - has been taken as the basis for a~ attempt to compile a stylistic concordance. This particular body of work is of a convenient size for such an attempt, and it has the added advantage that the impact of Islam might be expected to have affected it in certain common respects that would distinguish it from pre-Islamic poetry. The "Index of descriptive words and phrases", which forms the principal part of·this thesis, lists the words and phrases used to refer to, and to describe, both directly and metaphorically, the persons, objects, and other phenomena that most commonly appear in what may be termed the more "conventional" sections of these compositions, that is to say, the very large proportion of lines in which the poets, like all early Arabic poets, compose variations on certain conventional themes. The ultimate object must be, of course, to make such a concordance, and indeed other kinds of concordances, for the whole of early Arabic poetry. It will then be possible to say to what extent different periods can be distinguished from one another. The "Index" compiled here represents an experiment carried out on a limited, and to some extent legitimately separable, portion of an enormous corpus. It is to hoped that the process will prove useful for wider application. Texts of the poems are provided for reference; many of them have been translated into English in the form in which they appear in Ibn Hisham by A. Guilla~ but since the nlwans of the individual poets - where these exist - often present fuller, and variant, versions, and since it is sometimes possible to produce a closer rendering than that of Guillaume new translations are also offered here. Basic annotations and short biographies of the poets are appended.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: PJ Semitic