Ibn Al-Rumi's Contribution To the "Nautical Rahil" Tradition: the Expression of Meaning Through Form and Structure

Ibn Al-Rumi's Contribution To the "Nautical Rahil" Tradition: the Expression of Meaning Through... IBN AL-RUMI'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE "NAUTICAL RAHIL" TRADITION: THE EXPRESSION OF MEANING THROUGH FORM AND STRUCTURE Abu al-Hasan "Ali b. al-'Abbds b. Jurayj (or Jurjis, Jurjis or Jurjis) al-Rumi (d. 283/896), popularly known within the tradition simply as Ibn al-Rumi, was a very prolific and versatile 'Abbasid poet. Although strangely ignored by the authors of several important medieval biographical dictionaries and com- pendia of Arabic learning and lore, the poet was resurrected at the beginning of the 20th century by the Egyptian poet and nationalist leader, Mahmud Sami al-Barudi, and popularized later by the members of the Diwan Group in Egypt, primarily 'Abbas Mahmud al-"Aqqdd and 'Abd al-Qddir al-Mazini. The pioneering efforts of these men were then followed by a host of studies by writers and critics from Egypt and the Levant, and since 1944 studies on Ibn al-Rumi have also appeared in Western languages. Today Ibn al-Rumi is known particularly for his irrational fears and super- stition (al-tatayyur),' and for his ill-omened life, for his propensity to attempt to "extract every possible conceit from a given motif and not to abandon it before he has exhausted it,"2 for his resulting long-windedness (titl al-nafas) and the extraordinary length http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Arabic Literature Brill

Ibn Al-Rumi's Contribution To the "Nautical Rahil" Tradition: the Expression of Meaning Through Form and Structure

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