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(a.), a generic term in Arabic literature applied in mediaeval sources to love poetry. In its modern understanding it denotes the amatory prologue of the ḳaṣīda [q.v.], the polythematic ode, as distinguished from g̲h̲azal [q.v.], the independent love-poem. According to Arabic lexicography, the term is derived from the root n-s-b in its special meaning nasaba bi ’l-nisāʾi “to make amatory verses about women” ( s̲h̲abbaba bi-hinna fi ’l-s̲h̲iʿr wa-tag̲h̲azzala; LA , i, 756a). Another derivation is suggested by R. Blachère, who considers a connection with the term nasb , “a kind of c…

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Jacobi, Renate, “Nasīb”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 05 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0849>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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