By Robert McKinney

The poetry of the tremendous prolific and flexible 'Abbāsid poet Ibn al-Rūmī is tested during this booklet. half 1, The Poet, reconstructs the poet's lifestyles and occasions supplying the historical past for half II, The Poetry, which lines the impacts in Ibn al-Rūmī's special poetic type and issues. this gives a glimpse right into a fairly fluid interval in Arabic literary heritage while the boundary among poetry and prose used to be turning into more and more permeable, because of the emergence of the so-called "secretary-poets," and to the superiority and significance of the munāżarah, or disputation. half III, The Poem, analyzes the poet's celebrated 282-line poem commemorating the quashing of the Zanj uprising. The towering architectonics and complicated association of this poem supply a great chance to discover Ibn al-Rūmī's poetic contribution.

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S. v. ” 101 See particularly al-'Aqqàd, Ibn al-Rùmì, 80; see also al-Màzinì, Ibn al-Rùmì, 73. ” The Arabic sources have many references to the idea that logic is an instrument (àlah) of philosophy (See Shams Inati, “Logic,” in History of Islamic Philosophy, ed. Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Oliver Leaman [London: Routledge, 2001], 814 and 822 n89). See, for example, the opening definition of logic given by the Nestorian Christian Abù Bishr Mattà ibn Yùnus (d. 328/940) in his famous debate with Abù Sa'ìd al-Sìràfì, (preserved in al-Taw˙ìdì, al-Imtà' wa-l-Mu"ànasah, ed.

129 Precisely which aspects of his style betray these alleged influences? 1–E The Case of Rhyme vs. Reason (Opening Statement) Perhaps the most succinct expression of the majority assessment of Ibn al-Rùmì’s style is the following oft-cited group of verses by Ibn al-Rùmì’s contemporary, the poet al-Bu˙turì (d. 284/897), composed both by way of criticism of the style of his former patron, 'Ubayd Allàh ibn 'Abd Allàh ibn ˇàhir, and implicitly also of the latter’s protégé, Ibn al-Rùmì,130 and also by way of vindication of his own very different poetic style: 129 See the discussion of Ibn al-Rùmì’s education in Chapter 1–A of Part I.

11972 (1677), lines 17–19, 6:2267–68; poem no. 12162 (1694), lines 1–2, 6:2314; poem no. 987, lines 46–48, 3:1212. Perhaps the most curious of all is the account allegedly related by Ibn al-Rùmì’s good friend Abù 'Uthmàn al-Nàjim of their final encounter, when the poet was on his death bed, and related by Ibn al-Qàri˙ in his epistle to al-Ma'arrì (see Chapter 3–B of Part II for a summary of this anecdote). 66 See, for example, Dìwàn Ibn al-Rùmì, poem no. , poem no. 1408, 5:1852–55, a poem of coarse invective apparently composed in response to the mahjù’s charge that the poet is ill-omened (see line 3).

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