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The Divans of the Six Ancient Arabic Poets


Ennabiga, Antara, Tharafa, Zuhair, Alqama and Imruulqais


This collection of the Divans of Ennabiga, Antara, Tharafa, Zuhair, Alqama, and Imruulqais is a rare find. Among the earliest known writers of Arabic poetry, these authors are essential components of Arabic history and literature. This study, long out of print, is the acknowledged starting point for the study of these poets. Their Divans are presented in Arabic, along with a substantial introduction by Ahlwardt, a list of variant readings and corrections, considerations of discrepancies in the manuscripts, and appendices of the fragments.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-998-2
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jan 1,2008
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 372
Languages: Arabic, English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-998-2
$175.00
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This collection of the Divans of Ennabiga, Antara, Tharafa, Zuhair, Alqama, and Imruulqais is a rare find. Among the earliest known writers of Arabic poetry, these authors are essential components of Arabic history and literature. This study, long out of print, is the acknowledged starting point for the study of these poets. Their Divans are presented in Arabic, along with a substantial introduction by Ahlwardt, a list of variant readings and corrections, considerations of discrepancies in the manuscripts, and appendices of the fragments. Long considered to be the authoritative book on early Arabic poetry, Ahlwardt’s work has retained its value over the decades since its original publication.

Wilhelm Theodor Ahlwardt (1828-1909) was born into an academic family. He studied oriental philology at Greifswald and Göttingen. Employed as a librarian in Gotha and Paris, he eventually became a Privatdozent at Greifswald University. He wrote several important works on Arabic poetry.

This collection of the Divans of Ennabiga, Antara, Tharafa, Zuhair, Alqama, and Imruulqais is a rare find. Among the earliest known writers of Arabic poetry, these authors are essential components of Arabic history and literature. This study, long out of print, is the acknowledged starting point for the study of these poets. Their Divans are presented in Arabic, along with a substantial introduction by Ahlwardt, a list of variant readings and corrections, considerations of discrepancies in the manuscripts, and appendices of the fragments. Long considered to be the authoritative book on early Arabic poetry, Ahlwardt’s work has retained its value over the decades since its original publication.

Wilhelm Theodor Ahlwardt (1828-1909) was born into an academic family. He studied oriental philology at Greifswald and Göttingen. Employed as a librarian in Gotha and Paris, he eventually became a Privatdozent at Greifswald University. He wrote several important works on Arabic poetry.

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  • Preface (page 5)
  • Table of Contents (page 34)
  • List of different Readings and Corrections (page 35)
  • Appendix (page 120)
  • Table of Abbreviations used in the preceding list of different Readings and Corrections (page 137)
  • View of the order of the poems in the MSS. of Paris, Gotha and Leyden in relation to this edition, with a statement of the number of their verses. (page 139)
  • Statement of the discrepancies between the MSS. of Paris (and Gotha) and this edition, as to the order of the verses in the poems of Imruulqais (page 141)
  • Table of the order of the verses in the Mo'allaqat of 'Amtara, Tharafa, Zuhair and Imruulqais, in the 5th poem of Ennabiga, and in the 2d and 13th poem of 'Alqama, according to some MSS. and editions. (page 142)
  • View of the poems of the six poets, which are stated by Ela'lam to be spurious or doubtful, according to the judgement of Elacma'i (page 145)
  • Supplement to the Appendix of the Fragments. (page 146)
  • Contents of the Poems (page 165)
  • Appendix of the Fragments (page 210)
  • Imruulqais (page 258)
  • `Alqama (page 270)
  • Zuhair (page 298)
  • Tharafa (page 320)
  • `Antara (page 342)
  • Ennabiga (page 371)
  • Text of the Poems (page 371)