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Usually translated as “rhyming prose,” a style that involves not only rhyme but also rhythm and cadence. Makes full use of the musical and morphological potential of the Arabic language. First encountered in the magical utterances of soothsayers in the pre-Islamic period. The majority of the Quranic text utilizes the conventions of saj, but the style finds its most widespread literary exposition in the later emergence (tenth century) of the maqamah genre.

See also Maqamah

Subjects: Islam.

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