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Papoutsakis, Nefeli
Desert Travel as a Form of Boasting
A Study of Du r-Rumma's Poetry
volume: 4
language: English
binding: Book (Paperback)
dimensions: 17.00 × 24.00 cm
edition: 1. Auflage
publishing date: 12.01.2009
prices: 48,00 Eur[D] / 49,40 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-06112-4
48,00 Eur

Boasting about one’s travels through the desert was a very common topic of self-praise in early Arabic poetry (ca. 500–750). Desert crossing would attest to a man’s character, providing evidence of his valour, stamina, industriousness and ambition. The book focuses on desert travel as a self-praise theme in early Arabic poetry and especially in the work of the Umayyad poet Dur-Rumma (ca. 695–735), one of the last great exponents of the Bedouin poetic tradition. It discusses the various motifs associated with desert travel
in Dur-Rumma and traces their antecedents in the work of earlier poets. By analyzing the diachronic development of the travel theme and evaluating its place within the poem as a whole, it challenges the widespread view of the Arabic ode (qasida) as a tripartite composition and contributes to a better
understanding of early Arabic poetics. For despite the fact that desert travel was a central theme of early poetry, it has never been studied in detail and its purport as a theme of self-praise has not been generally recognized.