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Epic (ḥamāsa)
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Epic (ḥamāsa) in Persian literature refers to a type of heroic poetry and prose writing. Although in earlier times the epic was not viewed as a distinct genre and was classified as a form of mathnawī, modern Iranian scholars have coined the term ‘ḥamāsa-sarāʾī’ (‘heroic poetry’) to designate it. The term ḥamāsa stems from the Arabic root ḥ-m-s, meaning ‘enthusiasm’, ‘zeal’ …

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Hamidreza Shayganfar and Translated by Abuzar Ahmadi, “Epic (ḥamāsa)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036115>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180110

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