Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry: Ibn Al-Rumi and the Patron's Redemption, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry

Ibn Al-Rumi and the Patron's Redemption, 1st Edition

By Beatrice Gruendler


352 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780415595797
pub: 2010-09-01
SAVE ~$8.99
Hardback: 9780700714902
pub: 2002-11-14
SAVE ~$30.75
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315823607
pub: 2013-12-19
from $29.98

FREE Standard Shipping!


This book gives an insight into panegyrics, a genre central to understanding medieval Near Eastern Society. Poets in this multi-ethnic society would address the majority of their verse to rulers, generals, officials, and the urban upper classes, its tone ranging from celebration to reprimand and even to threat.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Setting the Stage 1. Background 2. The Form: The Abbasid Praise Qasida 3. The Approach: Mad'ih and Pragmatics 4. The Protagonists: Ibn al-Rum'i and His Patron, Ubaydall'ah b. Abdall'ah 5. The Mah'ih Exchanged between Ibn al-Rum'i and Ubaydall Part 2: Speech and Characterization 6. Speech as Action 7. The Dramatis Personae Part 3: The Dramaturgy 8. The Scene 9. The Episode and its Witnesses 10. 'The Passion of Him Whose Parting Has Grayed its Affection' Translation of £191 11. 'They Aimed at My Heart From the Gaps of Veils' Translation of £1042 x Preliminaries Part 4: Verbal Ornament 12. Supporting Figures of Speech 13. Phantasmagoria Part 5: Ibn al-Rum'i's Ethics of Patronage 14. On the Mirror of Mad'ih 15. Mutual Duties and Rights of Benefactor and Protégé 16. Acts and Words between Panegyrist and Model Conclusion: Dramaturgy as a Rhetoric of Ethics

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures

Routledge Curzon Studies in Middle-Eastern Literatures is a monograph series devoted to aspects of the literatures of the Near and Middle East and North Africa both modern and pre-modern. It is hoped that the provision of such a forum will lead to a greater emphasis on the comparative study of the literatures of this area, although studies devoted to one literary or linguistic region are warmly encouraged. It is the editors' objective to foster the comparative and multi-disciplinary investigation of the written and oral literary products of this area.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POETRY / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies