Analyzes poetry ranging from the pre-Islamic ode of the sixth century to seventeenth-century Persian Safavid Moghul verse. This book considers issues, such as the ritual and sacrificial aspects of literature, the transition from orality to literacy, the iconographical and mythic dimensions of philology, and imitation as a form of creation.
Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych is Professor of Arabic Literature and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is author of Abu Tammam and the Poetics of the Abbasid Age (Brill, 1991); The Mute Immortals Speak (Cornell, 1993); and editor of Reorientations/Arabic and Persian Poetry(Indiana University Press, 1994). She serves as editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature.