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The Life and Times of Abū Tammām

al-Ṣūlī, Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Yaḥyā; Gründler, Beatrice – 2018

In The Life and Times of Abu Tammam, translated into English for the first time, the courtier and scholar Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Suli (d. 335 or 336/946 or 947) mounts a robust defense of “modern” poetry and of Abu Tammam’s significance as a poet against his detractors, while painting a lively picture of literary life in Baghdad and Samarra. Born into an illustrious family of Turkish origin, al-Suli was a courtier, companion, and tutor to the Abbasid caliphs. He wrote extensively on caliphal history and poetry and, as a scholar of “modern” poets, made a lasting contribution to the field of Arabic literary history. Like the poet it promotes, al-Suli’s text is groundbreaking: it represents a major step in the development of Arabic poetics, and inaugurates a long line of treatises on innovation in poetry.

Title
The Life and Times of Abū Tammām
Author
al-Ṣūlī, Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Yaḥyā; Gründler, Beatrice
Publisher
New York University Press
Location
London; New York
Date
2018
Citation
9781479868025
Type
Text