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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 Career of Muṣṭafā 〉Ibrāhīm 〈Ajāj: A Giant of Egyptian Popular Literature

The Career of Muṣṭafā 〉Ibrāhīm 〈Ajāj: A Giant of Egyptian Popular Literature

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Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Pierre Cachia

Edinburgh University Press

While modern Arabs have changed their attitude to the language in some respects, few have given serious attention to popular literature. This chapter discusses popular literature with emphasis on Mustafa Ibrahim Ajaj. Mustaf Ibrahim Ajaj was a literate who wrote in a language that the public understood. While he composed in classical Arabic and in accordance with the conventions of Arabic poetry, he used colloquial language and employed a variety of postclassical metrical forms. Most of them are in a hemistich in classical poetry which forms a complete unit, called here ‘a line’.

Keywords:   Ibrā hīm Ajāj, Arabic poetry, colloquial language, metrical forms, classical poetry, hemistich

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