Categories of Proper Language in Classical Arabic Literature
AbstractWhen we discuss Islamic aesthetics, we combine two fields – the study of Islam and the discipline of aesthetics – both of which have received major attention and cover a wide range of associations, involve long historical traditions, and include a variety of phenomena. When I today add a third field – language/literature – I do so to focus on the point at which the concepts central to those three fields meet, and to explore some of the ways in which those concepts influence one another. Three issues are important in this respect:
- The role of language and literature in the classical period of Islam
- The concept of beauty in Arabic literature
- The relation between Islam and aesthetics in Arabic literature
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