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1. Introduction

Sajʿ is commonly known as rhymed prose. It is said to have rhyme but no meter, distinguishing it from poetry (qarīḍ), which features both rhyme and meter. Sajʿ is often associated with the text of the Qurʾān, because large parts of the Qurʾān were composed in this type of rhymed prose. (In her study of the early Qurʾānic suras, Neuwirth (1981) expresses her doubt whether this rhyme can be considered sajʿ.)

The Arabic lexicographers usually derive the term sajʿ from the r…

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Gert Borg, “Sajʿ”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 28 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0292>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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