10. The Beginnings of Arabic Prose
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Besides poets, storytellers also played an important role in the nighly conversations or samar of pagan times, be it in the encampments of the wandering tribes or in the gatherings of the townsfolk. Of course, we do not possess any contemporary account of their stories, but reports in ancient works of literature, the Kitāb al-aghānī in particular, provide an authentic image of their spirit.

Storytellers drew their material in …

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Carl Brockelmann, “10. The Beginnings of Arabic Prose”, 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_111100>
First published online: 2017



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