III Division of the History of Arabic Literature
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When Arab philologists separated the history of the poetry of their people into the two periods of the jāhiliyya1 (pre-Islamic time) and Islam, this was not to disparage the former in an act of religious self-conceit. Quite the opposite, in fact, for its pre-Islamic exponents were regarded as unsurpassable models, and pedantecism often went so far that a poet whose achievement was highly regarded was nevertheless belittled merely because he was born after Muḥammad.2 For this reason they created the intermediary class of the m…

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Carl Brockelmann, “III Division of the History of Arabic Literature”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 18 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2542-8098_breo_COM_110030>
First published online: 2017



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