al-Khansā's poem in -ālahā and its Qur'ānic echoes: The long and the short of it

Jaakko Markus Hämeen-Anttila

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This article studies two questions related to al-Khansa''s mutaqarib poem, rhyming in -alaha: how was it changed through anthologisation and what is its relation to the Qur'an and Surah 99? Whereas the six-verse excerpt in al-Mubarrad's Kamil is full of Qur'anic echoes, the Diwan version of the poem has few such echoes. The analysis, however, opens up a possibility that the Qur'an's first audience may well have recognised in Surah 99 features familiar to them from marthiyas.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6122 Literature studies
  • al-Khansa'
  • Qur'an and poetry
  • transmission of early poetry

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