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The Body in Arabic Love Poetry: The 'Udhri Tradition

Jokha Alharthi


This book radically re-interprets the nature of medieval Arabic love poetry in the classical age. It challenges stereotypical ideas about the absence of the body in ʿUdhri love poetry. Investigating the ʿUdhri tradition through close readings of the classical 10th-century Arabic sources including anthologies such as the Kitab al-Aghani, the book contributes to literary studies on the representations of the body. It also includes close readings of difficult literary texts in classical Arabic including the work of ʿUrwah b. Hizam, Majnun Layla,  Qays b. Dharih, Jamil Buthaynah and Kuthayyir ʿAzz ... More

Keywords: Ghazal, Udhri, Body, Love, classical Arabic poetry, Majnun, Kitab al-Aghani, nasib

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474486330
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474486330.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jokha Alharthi, author
Sultan Qaboos University