Di'bil b. 'Ali

Di'bil b. 'Ali: The Life and Writings of an Early 'Abbasid Poet

LEON ZOLONDEK
Copyright Date: 1961
Pages: 196
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    Di'bil b. 'Ali
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    Di'bil b. 'Alī (765--860) was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the best satirists in the school of Arabic poets which flourished during the early 'Abbāsid age. Leon Zolondek has collected, translated, and annotated 229 fragments of Di'bil's verse and has assembled materials for a reconstruction of his long-lost yet widely quotedBook of the Poets. Arabic texts of the poems and of the citations ofBook of the Poetsare included.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6496-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. PREFACE
    (pp. v-vi)
    L. Z.
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. 1 THE POET AND HIS TIME
    (pp. 1-8)

    The Arab period of Islamic history came to an end in 132/750 with the rise of the ‘Abbāsids. The center of the Islamic world moved from Syria to Irāq; the Syrians lost the power and influence which they had possessed under the Umayyads (40/661—132/750), and Persians now occupied the chief positions of the state. From 170/786 to 187/803 the Persian family of Khālid b. Barmak were the practical rulers of the ‘Abbasid state; after the fall of the Barmakids, the Persian family of Sahl played the major role, especially during the reign of the caliph al-Ma’miin (198/813—218/833), who...

  5. 2 THE POETRY (ARABIC TEXT)
    (pp. 9-91)
  6. 3 THE POETRY (ENGLISH TEXT)
    (pp. 92-124)
  7. 4 THE POET AS A CRITIC
    (pp. 125-132)

    The second century of Islām, particularly after the establishment of the ‘Abbāsid caliphate in 132/750, had as a leading intellectual and literary activity the collecting, sifting, and examining by Muslim scholars of the works of Arabic poets. Attention first was centered on the tribalDīwāns,which consisted of poems, by one author or by several, together with anecdotes of the occasions which prompted them. As the scholars began to lose interest in the tribal life of the desert, regard for the tribalDīwānsdeclined and became chiefly confined to the members of the particular tribe. The compilers of poetry then...

  8. 5 THE BOOK OF THE POETS
    (pp. 133-180)
  9. WORKS CITED
    (pp. 181-184)
  10. INDEX
    (pp. 185-188)