Studying trends of Arabic literature as cultural production. Identifying major influences on these trends such as: the structure of the classical ode; “brigand’s” poetry and their legacy during the Umayyad dynasty; the impact of Islam and political factions on poetry and prose; the development of poetry’s motifs in particular: adoration, praise, call-and-response. Poetry: artesian and spontaneous. Rhythm-free poetry, and prose in the Abbasid dynasty. Close readings of representative literary texts.
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