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Islamic Art, Literature and Culture

Islamic Art, Literature and Culture

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In order to understand and enjoy Islamic literature, one
must study its external characteristics most carefully. The
literatures of the Islamic peoples are “intellectual”; in nei-
ther poetry nor prose are there many examples of subjective

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7 Islamic Literatures 7

lyricism, as it is understood in the West. The principal
genres, forms, and rules were inherited from pre-Islamic
Arabic poetry but were substantially elaborated afterward,
especially by the Persians.

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