The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Asian and African Studies Max Schloessinger Memorial Foundation The concordance of the Diwans of the six early Arab poets 1999 Edited with an Introduction by Albert Arazi and Salman Masalha Price: US$ 290 + US$ 10 postage Pre-Islamic Arabic poetry is one of the greatest cultural achievements of the Arabs in the early period of their history. For several centuries it was considered the only model of poetic perfection. It is the earliest literary corpus in classical Arabic and a major part of Arab cultural heritage. The present volume consists of a concordance of “al-„Iqd al-thamin fi dawawin al-shu„ara‟ al-sitta al-jahiliyyin”, in the edition of William Ahlwardt. It also contains a preface in Arabic and English, a new critical edition with numerous emendations of Ahlwardt‟s text, and a full concordance of the poetry of Imru‟ alQays, Zuhayr b. Abi Sulma, Tarafa b. al-„Abd, „Alqama b. „Abada al-fahl, „Antara b. Shaddad, al-Nabigha al-Dhubyani and a few poems by four minor poets. The book holds more than 1400 pages and contains more than 33,000 entries. The concordance will serve as an essential tool for the study of classical Arabic poetry and for the study of classical Arabic in general. In addition to the concordance of nouns, verbs and particles, it includes separate sections on proper names, geographical names, names of horses and camels. The work on the Concordance started a few years after the Hebrew University was established in 1925. More than 2,000,000 cards were prepared before the project was computerized in the eighties. Special software was developed in order to facilitate the processing of the material.
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