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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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The Egyptian Mawwāl: Its Ancestry, its Development, and its Present Forms

The Egyptian Mawwāl: Its Ancestry, its Development, and its Present Forms

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(p.19) 2 The Egyptian Mawwāl: Its Ancestry, its Development, and its Present Forms
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Exploring Arab Folk Literature
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Pierre Cachia

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.003.0002

This chapter argues that Arabic literature has always been seen as having superior eloquence. In the passages of al-Bayān wat-Tabyīn, it has been claimed that Arabic literature strictly conforms to measured tunes and measured verses. This chapter discusses the Egyptian mawwāl, which is characterised by a strict metrical form and by basīṭ and baytayn. The discussion examines three versions of mawwāl. The first is the version of Abu Dira, the second is in an anonymous and undated booklet titled Hadīqatal-Uŝŝāq and the last version is an opening of a monger mawwāl from another anonymous collection.

Keywords:   Arabic literature, Egyptian mawwāl, metrical form, eloquence, basīṭ, baytayn, mawwāl, Abu Dira, Hadīqatal

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