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Exploring Arab Folk Literature$
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Pierre Cachia

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640867

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.001.0001

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A Zajal on the Mi〈rāj Attributed to al-X̲ubārī

A Zajal on the Mi〈rāj Attributed to al-X̲ubārī

(p.147) 13 A Zajal on the Mi〈rāj Attributed to al-X̲ubārī
Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Pierre Cachia

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the zajal or the Prophet's ascent to heaven known as the mirāj. The zajal consists of forty-nine stanzas in the metrical form. The discussion focuses on al-X̲ubārī's zajal on the mirāj. What marks his piece out is that he names himself in his last stanza. Another is that his zajal expresses the poet's longing for youth. More substantial evidence of his boldness is that he defied a long-established practice by celebrating historical events and praising princes in vernacular verse. Through his boldness, he lent the genre greater weight than his fellow scholars and was prepared to use it for less flippant purposes.

Keywords:   zajal, mirāj, al-X̲ubārī, vernacular verse

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