By Margaret Larkin
This exhaustive and but mesmerizing research considers the existence and paintings of al-Mutanabbi (915-965), frequently considered as the best of the classical Arab poets. A progressive at middle and sometimes imprisoned or pressured into exile all through his tumultuous existence, al-Mutanabbi wrote either arguable satires and while hired by means of one among his many shoppers, laudatory panegyrics. applying an ornate kind and use of the ode, al-Mutanabbi was once one of many first to effectively stream clear of the typically inflexible type of Arabic verse, the ‘qasida’.
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Al-Mutanabbi: The Poet of Sultans and Sufis (Makers of the Muslim World) by Margaret Larkin