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Abundance from the Desert
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Abundance from the Desert provides a comprehensive introduction to classical Arabic poetry, one of the richest of poetic traditions. Covering the period roughly of 500–1250 c.e., it features original translations and illuminating discussions of a number of major classical Arabic poems from a variety of genres. The poems are presented chronologically, each situated within a specific historical and literary context. Together, the selected poems suggest the range and depth of classical Arabic poetic expression; read in sequence, they suggest the gradual evolution of a tradition.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Note on Translation and Transliteration
  2. p. xix
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  1. 1 The Triumph of Imru’ al-Qays
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. 2 An Outcast Replies
  2. pp. 25-45
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  1. 3 The Price of Glory
  2. pp. 46-67
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  1. 4 Making the Remembrance Dear
  2. pp. 68-91
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  1. 5 Martyr to Love
  2. pp. 92-114
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  1. 6 Flyting
  2. pp. 115-129
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  1. 7 Pleasure in Transgression
  2. pp. 130-149
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  1. 8 The Poetics of Persuasion
  2. pp. 150-169
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  1. 9 The Would-Be Prophet
  2. pp. 170-189
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  1. 10 Letter to a Princess
  2. pp. 190-213
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  1. 11 Season’s Greetings
  2. pp. 214-227
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  1. 12 Ecstasy
  2. pp. 228-247
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  1. 13 To Egypt with Love
  2. pp. 248-267
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 268-275
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. 279
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 281-320
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 321-322
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 323-345
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 347-364
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