The Mantle Odes: Arabic Praise Poems to the Prophet Muhammad

The Mantle Odes: Arabic Praise Poems to the Prophet Muhammad

by Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych
     
 

Three of the most renowned praise poems to the Prophet, the mantle odes span the arc of Islamic history from Muhammad's lifetime, to the medieval Mamluk period, to the modern colonial era. Over the centuries, they have informed the poetic and religious life of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych places her original translations of the poems

Overview

Three of the most renowned praise poems to the Prophet, the mantle odes span the arc of Islamic history from Muhammad's lifetime, to the medieval Mamluk period, to the modern colonial era. Over the centuries, they have informed the poetic and religious life of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych places her original translations of the poems within the odes' broader cultural context. By highlighting their transformative power as speech acts and their ritual function as gift exchanges, this book not only demonstrates the relevance of these poems to contemporary scholarship but also reveals their power and beauty to the modern reader.

Editorial Reviews

Choice

"Stetkevych provides an original translation and careful analysis of three landmark poems in Arabic Islamic literature... Recommended." —Choice

Michael Sells

"A work of scholarship at the highest level, critically groundbreaking, textually grounded, elegantly argued, and of a depth and breadth that is rare in any field." —Michael Sells, author of Desert Tracings: Six Classic Arabian Odes

Muhsin al-Musawi

"A great achievement in literary theory and Islamic thought and a significant contribution to Arabic literature." —Muhsin al-Musawi, author of Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict

S. Gomaa

Also author of The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy (2002) and The Mute Immortals Speak (1993), Stetkevych (Indiana Univ.) provides an original translation and careful analysis of three landmark poems in Arabic Islamic literature: Ka'b ibn Zuhayr's "Su'ad Has Departed" (presented to the prophet in his life), Al-Busiri's "Mantle Ode" (13th century), and Ahmad Shawqi's "The Way of the Mantle" (early 20th century). The author argues that these are essentially praise poems with similar structural elements. They are addressed to the prophet in exchange for a gift, and the nature of this gift varies according to the poem's cultural and historical circumstances. Each of the book's three chapters presents a comprehensive and compelling line-by-line analysis of its subject poem. The book also includes an appendix of Arabic texts. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty. -- ChoiceS. Gomaa, Salve Regina University, Jan. 2011

From the Publisher
"A great achievement in literary theory and Islamic thought and a significant contribution to Arabic literature." —Muhsin al-Musawi, author of Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict

"[T]he reader can learn much from Stetkevych's study...." —Speculum

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253004512
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
06/14/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is author of The Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy: Myth, Gender, and Ceremony in the Classical Arabic Ode (IUP, 2002).

Indiana University Press

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