This book is the first comprehensive analysis of Nezāmī’s romance Laylī and Majnūn (1188). It examines key themes such as chastity, constancy and suffering through an analysis of the main characters. Majnūn’s asceticism, kingship, love-madness, poetic genius, ill-fate, and love-death are treated in separate chapters. The patriarchal society in which Laylī lives, her anxieties and dilemmas, incarceration, secret love, imposed marriage and finally her death are discussed in detail. One chapter is devoted entirely to the different ways parents raise their children and the consequences. Finally, the book gives an analysis of Nezāmī’s style, the narrative structure of the romance and the symbolism of time and setting.
Laylī and Majnūn
Alexander E. Elinson, City University of New York
Through an examination of a variety of literary genres composed in Arabic and Hebrew, this book examines the literary definition of al-Andalus by taking into account the role of memory, language, and literary convention in analyses of texts composed following cultural and political challenges to ...
Mark S. Wagner, Louisiana State University
This book traces the evolution of an Arabic poetic form called “Humayni poetry.” The book addresses the connections between the Humayni poetry of Yemen and the sacred poetry of Jews from Yemen, a hitherto-neglected chapter in the history of Arabic and Jewish literatures.
Nadia G. Yaqub
Offering an analysis of oral poetry dueling performed at traditional Palestinian weddings this book addresses poetry dueling as a performative and compositional device, and explores the complex linkages between this tradition and other genres of Arabic poetry.
Edited by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak and Kamran Talattof
Situating Nima's life firmly within the context of 20th century Iranian history this book contributes to an emerging trend in literary scholarship on Persian literature that views Persian poetry as a living and constantly evolving tradition rather than an icon of some fading glory.
Tomas Hägg and Bo Utas
This publication and discussion of the fragments of the Greek novel of Mētiokhos and Parthenopē and the Persian epic poem based on it, ʿUnṣurī’s Vāmiq and ʿAdhrā, adds a new work to the corpus of ancient novels and sheds new light on Persian epic poetry.
Hussein N. Kadhim
This volume deals with the Arab literary response to European colonialism as articulated in the works of four leading twentieth-century poets: Aḥmad Shawqī, Maʿrūf al-Ruṣāfī, Badr Shākir al-Sayyāb and ʿAbd al-Wahhāb al-Bayātī.
Robert C. McKinney
This book examines the life and times and poetry of the extremely prolific and versatile ‘Abbāsid poet Ibn al-Rūmī (d. 283/896). Particular attention is devoted to tracing the influences in his distinctive poetic style and themes.
This book proposes a set of criteria for determining the extent to which oral tradition influences written Persian epics. The criteria are applied to Persian epics, the Shâh-nâme (c. 1000) and the Garshâsp-nâme (c. 1064-66).
Akiko Motoyoshi Sumi
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