The Life and Times of Abū Tammām by Abū Bakr al-Ṣūlī

LifeAbu Tammam (d. 231 or 846, 232/845, or) is among the most renowned poets of the Arabic language. The poet was born in Syria to Greek Christian parents, he was converted to Islam and swiftly became one of the top Arabic poets of the court of the caliphals of Baghdad and promoting a revolutionary style of poetry that combined intricate and abstract imagery with the archaic Bedouin language. 

Highly controversial and extremely well-known, this sophisticated verse inspired all subsequent poetry written in Arabic and embodied what was known as the “modern aesthetic” ( badi’) as an avant-garde style that was closely aligned with the artistic, intellectual and cultural dynamism of the Abbasid the dynasty of Abbasid.

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In the biography of Abu Tammam, and Times of Abu Tammam Translated in English to the world’s first time the scholar and courtier Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn Yahyaal-Suli (d. 335 or 336, 946 or 947) presents a strong defence against “modern” poetry as well as Abu Tammam’s importance as a poet, despite his adversaries as well as painting a vibrant depiction of life as a literary artist within Baghdad in the city of Baghdad and Samarra. 

Born into a prestigious family with Turkish heritage, the al-Suli served as the courtier and companion and tutor for his fellow caliphs, the Abbasid caliphs. He wrote extensively about caliphal poetry and history, and as an expert on “modern” poets and poets, made a significant contribution to the area of Arabic literary history. Much like the poets it advocates his text is groundbreaking as it marks a significant stage in the evolution of Arabic poetry, and also appoints an extensive series of works on the development of poetry.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07T92ZKLX
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ NYU Press (November 13, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 13, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3224 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 327 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1479868027
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Abu Bakr Al-Suli (d. 335, 336/946, and 947) was a courtier, companion and teacher for the Abbasid caliphs. His writings about caliphal history, poetry in general as well as regarding poetry of the “modern” poetry, constitute an important work in the field of Arabic literature.

Beatrice Gruendler is Professor of Arabic at the Freie Universitat Berlin. The books she has written are The Development of the Arabic Scripts (1993), Medieval Arabic Praise Poetry (2003) as well as the edited collection Understanding Near Eastern Literatures (2000) with Verena Klemm as well as Classical Arabic Humanities in Their own terms (2008) together with Michael Cooperson.

Terence Cave is Emeritus Professor of French Literature and Emeritus Research Fellow, St John’s College. This text is a reference to an alternative kindle edition.

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