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ARABIC AND PERSIAN INTERTEXTUALITY IN THE SELJUQ PERIOD: ḤAMĪDĪ'S <i>MAQĀMĀT</i> AS A CASE STUDY

Vahid Behmardi

in The Seljuqs

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639946
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653294 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639946.003.0013
ARABIC AND PERSIAN INTERTEXTUALITY IN THE SELJUQ PERIOD: ḤAMĪDĪ'S MAQĀMĀT AS A CASE STUDY

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The relationship between Arabic literature and Persian literature falls under two major topics: the impact of Arabic literature on Persian literature, and the transmission and adaptation of Arabic literary texts into Persian. This chapter examines the development of Persian literature during the Seljuq period by investigating the relationship that exists between this development and previous Arabic literary works. This approach relies on the concept of ‘intertextuality’ — an approach that proposes to see texts as fragments in open and endless relations with other texts. The concern of this chapter is on the Seljuq period and the historic land of Persians (bilād fāris) which covers the territories whose native citizens had Persian as their mother tongue. This included Iran with some territorial extensions on the periphery. Although the Seljuq period lasted for only a century, it nevertheless determined the future destiny of Persian literature. From the invasions of Chagri Beg and Tughril Beg until the death of Sanjar, Iran underwent a major transition from literary Arabism to literary performance in Persian. To understand Persian/Arabic intertextuality in the Seljuq area, the chapter investigates the evolution of Arabic literature in Iran in the centuries that followed the Arab invasion. In this chapter, the Persian Maqāmāt by Abū Bakr Hamīd al-Dīn ،Umar b. Mahmūd al-Balkhī ،al-Hamīdī is examined to prove or falsify the theory that Persian literature remained highly indebted to the existing tradition of Arabic literature.

Keywords: Arabic literature; Persian literature; intertextuality; bilād fāris; literary Arabism; Maqāmāt

Chapter.  7309 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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