OF SECRETS AND MIRAGES IN IBN QUZM¤N Abstract The text of Ibn Quzm¨nÕs DÂw¨n , mainly preserved in a unique Eastern MS, still con- tains passages that defy interpretation, in spite of several consecutive editions by Nykl, Garc’a G—mez and Corriente, either because of the copyistÕs inability to handle Andalusi items that were subsequently distorted, or on account of our own ignorance of the Andalusi lexicon and semantics, or of certain allusions made by the poet to minor social and historical events. In Dr. Jareer Abu-HaidarÕs recent book, Hispano-Arabic Literature and the Early Proven al Lyrics (Curzon, 2001), he has included a former paper of his with proposals to improve the edition and the understanding of some of those passages in ways that have met our approval in some cases, but not in most of them. When these cases of rejection of his proposals are analyzed, the reasons beyond their presumed weaknesses seem to lie either in his failure to accept that Ibn Quzm¨n intended to write in the local dialect, and not in any kind of debased or simpli ed Classical Arabic, or to acknowledge that he used a slightly modi ed Arabic metrical system,
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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