The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy: Myth, Gender, and Ceremony in the Classical Arabic Ode

The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy: Myth, Gender, and Ceremony in the Classical Arabic Ode

by JAROSLAV Pinckney Stetkevych
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253341191

ISBN-13: 9780253341198

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Indiana University Press

The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy shows that the classical Arabic ode promulgated a myth and ideology of legitimate Arabo-Islamic rule. Stetkevych explores the rich traditions of Arabic prasie poems in light of Near Eastern sacral kingship, rituals, and ceremonies of allegiance, supplication, and negotiation, gender and political power, and competition for the…  See more details below

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The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy shows that the classical Arabic ode promulgated a myth and ideology of legitimate Arabo-Islamic rule. Stetkevych explores the rich traditions of Arabic prasie poems in light of Near Eastern sacral kingship, rituals, and ceremonies of allegiance, supplication, and negotiation, gender and political power, and competition for the insignias of religious and political authority. The superb translations capture the immediacy and vitality of this poetry for readers everywhere.

Author Biography: Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych is Professor of Arabic Literature and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is author of The Mute Immortals Speak: Pre-Islamic Poetry and the Poetics of Ritual (Cornell, 1993) and editor of Reorientations: Arabic and Persian Poetry (Indiana University Press, 1994). She serves as editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253341198
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.11(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
1Transgression and Redemption: Cuckolding the King: Al-Nabighah al-Dhubyani and the Pre-Islamic Royal Ode1
2Transmission and Submission: Praising the Prophet: Ka'b ibn Zuhayr and the Islamic Ode48
3Celebration and Restoration: Praising the Caliph: Al-Akhtal and the Umayyad Victory Ode80
4Supplication and Negotiation: The Client Outraged: Al-Akhtal and the Supplicatory Ode110
5Political Dominion as Sexual Domination: Abu al-'Atahiyah, Abu Tammam, and the Poetics of Power144
6The Poetics of Political Allegiance: Praise and Blame in Three Odes by al-Mutanabbi180
7The Poetics of Ceremony and the Competition for Legitimacy: Al-Muhannad al-Baghdadi, Muhammad ibn Shukhays, Ibn Darraj al-Qastalli, and the Andalusian Ode241
App. of Arabic Texts283
Notes325
Works Cited361
Index371

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