Supplement 1
(544 words)

In volume 1 | book 1, The National Literature of the Arabs | Section 1, From the Beginnings until the Appearance of Muḥammad

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1. The oldest preserved anthology is the Muʿallaqāt, i.e. those poems that, by |¹⁸ their brilliance, had been elevated to a place of honour. As recognised by Nöldeke (Beitr. XVIIff., Enc. Brit. XVI, 536), a literal interpretation of this term gave rise to the belief that these poems had been recognised as masterpieces in pre-Islamic times, and as such had been suspended on the Kaʿba. In reality, h…

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Carl Brockelmann, “Supplement 1”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2017

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