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The Mantle Odes Arabic Praise Poems to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) PB

1. Ka'b ibn Zuhayr and the Mantle of the Prophet (SAW)
2. Al-Busiri a Burda and the Dream of the Mantle
3. Ahmad Shawqi and the Reweaving of the Mantle

Three masterpieces of Islamic devotional poetry in their cultural contexts
"A work of scholarship at the highest level, critically groundbreaking, textually grounded, elegantly argued, and of a depth and breadth that is rare in any field." —Michael Sells, author of Desert Tracings: Six Classic Arabian Odes

"A great achievement in literary theory and Islamic thought and a significant contribution to Arabic literature." —Muhsin al-Musawi, author of Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict

Three of the most renowned praise poems to the Prophet, the mantle odes span the arc of Islamic history from Muhammad's lifetime, to the medieval Mamluk period, to the modern colonial era. Over the centuries, they have informed the poetic and religious life of the Arab and Islamic worlds. Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych places her original translations of the poems within the odes' broader cultural context. By highlighting their transformative power as speech acts and their ritual function as gift exchanges, this book not only demonstrates the relevance of these poems to contemporary scholarship but also reveals their power and beauty to the modern reader.

Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. 


Publisher: Indiana University Press
Author: Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych
Pages: 336


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