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QALAWUSI, Muhammad bin Idris bin Malik (al-Qarafi) al-.

[The final conclusion in the summary of the study of prosody.]

Al-Andalus : 20 Ramadan AH 740 / 20 March 1340 CE Stock Code: 138651
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This rare and early work of literary scholarship from al-Andalus is divided into three sections. It aims to deal with all aspects of the study of rhythm and verse in a succinct and authoritative manner. The first section is an introduction to the study of prosody and its rules. The second is focussed on the different forms of rhythm and metric composition and how it is used when composing poetry. The third section is an analysis of language and exploring interpretations of prosody within different genres of poetry.
Islamic Iberia was a renowned centre for literary production. The intellectually fertile atmosphere created new poetical forms that moved away from the rigid qassida structure common to most classical Arabic poetry. The literary scene was influenced by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish writers and philosophers. The heritage of this literary golden age is still felt throughout the Arab world and beyond.
The author of this work was originally known as Muhammad al-Qarafi, suggesting that he might well have been an immigrant to the Iberian peninsular from the Qarafa quarter of Cairo. He subsequently changed his epithet to al-Qalawusi probably after his arrival in Spain, which is used in this manuscript to refer to him.
There is an undated copy of this manuscript in the Escorial Royal Library in Spain (Hartwig Derenbourg, Les manuscrits arabes de l'Escurial, Paris, 1884, no. 288, pp. 175-77).
Provenance: sold at Christie's London, 25 November 1985, lot 74.

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Folio (190 x 140 mm). Arabic manuscript on cream-coloured paper, consisting of 99 folios plus three flyleaves, each folio with 22 lines of elegant black maghrebi script, the colophon dated with the name of the scribe obscured, the title in red ink, paginated; set in a modern brown binding.


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