The Egyptian <i>Mawwāl</i>: Its Ancestry, its Development, and its Present Forms

Pierre Cachia

in Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640867
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653300 | DOI:
The Egyptian Mawwāl: Its Ancestry, its Development, and its Present Forms

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This chapter argues that Arabic literature has always been seen as having superior eloquence. In the passages of al-Bayān wat-Tabyīn, it has been claimed that Arabic literature strictly conforms to measured tunes and measured verses. This chapter discusses the Egyptian mawwāl, which is characterised by a strict metrical form and by basīṭ and baytayn. The discussion examines three versions of mawwāl. The first is the version of Abu Dira, the second is in an anonymous and undated booklet titled Hadīqatal-Uŝŝāq and the last version is an opening of a monger mawwāl from another anonymous collection.

Keywords: Arabic literature; Egyptian mawwāl; metrical form; eloquence; basīṭ; baytayn; mawwāl; Abu Dira; Hadīqatal

Chapter.  10547 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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