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S̲h̲iʿr
(25,803 words)

(a.), poetry. 1. In Arabic.

(a) The pre-modern period. It is the supreme ornament of Arab culture and its most authentically representative form of discourse. The ideas articulated by poetry and the emotional resonances which it conveys earn it, even in the present day, where numerous new literary forms are in competition with it, the approval of scholars and the populace alike.

Despite the phonetic resemblance, s̲h̲iʿr is totally unconnected with the Hebrew s̲h̲īr , the ʿayn is a “hard” consonant which persists in the roots common to the two languages. The term is atte…

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al-Muʿtazz, Ibn, Arazi, A., Moreh, S., Bruijn, J.T.P. de, Balim, Çiğdem, J.A. Haywood and M. Hiskett, “S̲h̲iʿr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1058>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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