Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Arab and Persian Ethnicities in Arabic Poetry: Negotiating Political and Social Status in the Umayyad and Abbasid Periods
by Alebdha, Fahd, Ph.D., Indiana University, 2017, 246; 10276463
Abstract (Summary)

After the Muslim conquest, particularly in the Umayyad and Abbasid eras, the Arabs and Persians interacted with each other widely on multiple levels—socially, politically, intellectually, culturally, and poetically. Within this interaction, there was negotiation, reflected in the Umayyad and Abbasid poetry, for a better political and social status by members of both ethnicities in the new community. This negotiation or competition took a negative confrontational form as well as a positive cooperative form toward achieving satisfactory social and political ranks. Therefore, the main argument of this dissertation is how from a poetic point of view the Arab and Persian poets used the ethnic factor in negotiating their political and social status with the addressee and/or with their society. By providing social and political circumstances and an in-depth literary analysis of selected poems or verses, I uncover new aspects in the relationship between Arabs and Persians as well as find new interpretations for the major differences in ethnic attitudes between the Umayyad and Abbasid eras by members of the two groups.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stetkevych, Suzanne P., Afsaruddin, Asma
Commitee: Afsaruddin, Asma, Choksy, Jamsheed K., Losensky, Paul E., Stetkevych, Suzanne P.
School: Indiana University
Department: Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle Eastern literature, Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies
Keywords: Arabic poetry
Publication Number: 10276463
ISBN: 978-1-369-75158-1
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