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Meter
(5,200 words)

1. The theory of meter

Arabic versification (ʿarūḍ) is quantitative, a unique phenomenon among the Semitic languages, where accent verse systems dominate. Its theory was developed by al-Xalīl ibn ʾAḥmad (d. 175/791 or 170/786 or 160/776), who was also a prominent figure in the genesis of A…

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Dmitry Frolov, “Meter”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0212>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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