Discussing Ghayra in Abbasid Literature: Jealousy as a Manly Virtue or Sign of Mutual Affection

Discussing Ghayra in Abbasid Literature: Jealousy as a Manly Virtue or Sign of Mutual Affection Jealousy is a thriving theme in Abbasid poetry and narratives, but it is not confined to the realm of storytelling and poetic motifs; its meaning and boundaries are discussed from various points of view of Abbasid scholarship. In this article, explanations and definitions of ghayra as an emotion as well as cultural practice are investigated on the basis of a selection of Classical Arabic literary sources. It is a study of attitudes towards jealousy in literature that is predominantly normative, and hence excluding subjective experiences as they are expressed in poetry and anecdotal literature. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Abbasid Studies Brill

Discussing Ghayra in Abbasid Literature: Jealousy as a Manly Virtue or Sign of Mutual Affection

Journal of Abbasid Studies, Volume 1 (1): 46 – Jun 10, 2014

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2214-2363
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2214-2371
DOI
10.1163/22142371-12340005
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Abstract

Jealousy is a thriving theme in Abbasid poetry and narratives, but it is not confined to the realm of storytelling and poetic motifs; its meaning and boundaries are discussed from various points of view of Abbasid scholarship. In this article, explanations and definitions of ghayra as an emotion as well as cultural practice are investigated on the basis of a selection of Classical Arabic literary sources. It is a study of attitudes towards jealousy in literature that is predominantly normative, and hence excluding subjective experiences as they are expressed in poetry and anecdotal literature.

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Journal of Abbasid StudiesBrill

Published: Jun 10, 2014

Keywords: Adab ; Classical Arabic literature; ḥadīth ; emotions; virtuous behavior

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