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(a.), anthology, selection of poetry.

1. In Arabic. Mediaeval tradition holds that the oldest anthology of Arabic poems is the small collection of celebrated pre-Islamic ḳaṣīda s variously known as “the seven long poems”, al-Muʿallaḳāt [q.v.], al-Sumūṭ , etc. It is probably the oldest in conception.

The early ʿAbbāsid period saw the compilation of the celebrated Mufaḍḍaliyyāt [q.v.]. Al-Aṣmaʿī’s anthology of 92 ḳaṣīdas by 71 poets (44 of them D̲j̲āhilī), the Aṣmaʿiyyāt , received relatively little attention from mediaeval writers. A comment in the Fihrist , in the opinion of so…

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Hamori, A., Bruijn, J.T.P. de, Kut, Günay Alpay and Haywood, J.A., “Muk̲h̲tārāt”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 06 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0791>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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