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The Seven Odes of Al-Mu‘allaqāt (المعلقات السبع): An Introduction to Pre-Islamic Poetry (“الشعر الجاهلي”)

July 6, 2012


The Pre-Islamic Arabs regarded the oral and literary forms of Arabic as a great honor. Pre-Islamic poetry was filled with fantastic metaphors and similes, and long arrays of adjectives to modify the same word. Classical Arabic poetry emphasized rhyming, which was largely a result of the love of the sounds of words. In a similar vein, the language of the […]

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