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Mustafa, Ezzedin Ibrahim (1963) The methods and techniques of the early Arab anthologists. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI:

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The aim of this study is to provide a critical survey of the early Arabic anthologies compiled between the end of the first century and the beginning of the fourth century A.H. These are s four consisting of complete poems (treated in chs. 1 - 4), four of extracts (chs. 5-6), and three of single verses (ch. 7). Although it seemed convenient and preferable to group these anthologies in this way, they have been studied individually. In chapter 7, however, the anthologies of single verses have also been studied collectively. The study of each anthology opens with an enquiry about the work as it now exists. This usually entails reference to the various recensions, editions, manuscripts and commentaries known and available. This is followed by a threefold study of (1) the subject matter, (2) the authenticity of' the work and genuineness of the contents and (3) the criteria of selection and method of compilation. In the epilogue, reference is made to eight anthologies compiled between the fourth and seventh centuries - thus pointing to the continuity of this kind of works. From these investigations, conclusions have been drawn about the anthologies as a whole - their development, preservation, reliability, criteria of excellence, and other striking features, A critical survey;- of the kind provided has not been made before, and it covers several works not previously studied.

Item Type: Theses (PhD)
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Research Theses > Proquest
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2018 15:06

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