Making the Great Book of Songs: Compilation and the Author's Craft in Abū L-Faraj Al-Iṣbahānī's Kitāb Al-aghānī

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Psychology Press, 2003 - 435 Seiten
This is the first systematic literary study of one of the masterpieces of classical Arabic literature, the fourth/tenth century Kitâb al-aghânî (The Book of Songs) by Abû I-Faraj al-Isbahânî. Until now the twenty-four volume Book of Songs has been regarded as a rather chaotic but priceless mine of information about classical Arabic music, literature and culture. This book approaches it as a work of literature in its own right, with its own internal logic and coherence. The study also consistently integrates the musical component into the analysis and proposes a reading of the work in which individual anecdotes and poems are related to the wider context, enhancing their meaning.
 

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1 MODERN RESEARCH ON THE KITĀB ALAGHĀNĪ
1
2 ABŪ LFARAJS LIFE TIMES AND WORKS
14
3 ABŪ LFARAJ ON SONGS AND SINGERS
34
4 ABŪ LFARAJ ON POETRY AND POETS
55
5 ABŪ LFARAJ ON PROSE AKHBĀR AND THE ARRANGEMENT OF MATERIAL
89
6 ARTICLES ON SONGS EVENTS AND RELATIONSHIPS
128
7 ARTICLES ON PERSONALITIES
181
The common fund of material
239
Prospects for further research
278
Concordance of the Dār alkutub and Būlāq editions of the Kitāb alaghāni
280
List of contents of the Kitāb alaghāni
291
List of Kitāb alaghāni personalities referred to in this study
321
NOTES
345
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
412
INDEX OF PEOPLE AND PLACES
423
INDEX OF SUBJECTS AND TERMS
433

Ordering the articles
258

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Über den Autor (2003)

Hilary Kilpatrick studied Arabic at Oxford. She has taught at the universities of St. Andrews, UK, Nijmegen, The Netherlands and Bern, Switzerland, and now works as an independent scholar in Lausanne. She is one of the editors of the Arabic and Middle Eastern Literatures series, and has published on modern Arabic fiction and classical Arabic belles-lettres, and has made some translations from modern Arabic literature.

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