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

Overview

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

Preliminary Table of Contents:
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Transgression and Redemption: Cuckolding the King
Al-N~bighah al-Dhuby~n§ and the Pre-Islamic Royal Ode
2. Transmission and Submission: Praising the Prophet
KaÄb ibn Zuhayr and the Islamic Ode
3. Celebration and Restoration: Praising the Caliph
Al-Akhal and the Umayyad Victory Ode
4. Supplication and Negotiation: The Client Outraged
Al-Akhal and the Supplicatory Ode
5. Political Dominion as Sexual Domination
Abã al-ÄAt~hiyah, Abã Tamm~m and the Poetics of Power
6. The Poetics of Political Allegiance
Praise and Blame in Three Odes by al-Mutanabb§
7. The Poetics of Ceremony and the Competition for Legitimacy
Al-Muhannad al-Baghd~d§, Muammad ibn Shukhhay, Ibn Darr~j al-Qasall§ and the Andalusian Ode
Appendix of Arabic Texts
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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