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Open Access Medieval Readership, the Loving Poet and the Creation of the Exquisite Ode: A Note on Ibn Zaydūn’s Nūniyya and the Poetic Visualization of Love

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This article highlights the significance of the paratexts in reading the medieval Arabic qaīda (ode). These paratexts were mostly comments of medieval readers on poets, their artistic moods, and styles. Some of these assessments also pertain to the poems and relate to their aesthetic properties, artistry, and palaeography. Such paratexts show how the qaīda was seen as a dialectic process of production and reception, performance and evaluation. Despite their importance for the understanding of poetry, modern scholarship of medieval Arabic poetry has not much assimilated these paratexts into its exploration of the qaīda. This article intends to show the significance of the paratexts for reading the medieval Arabic qaīda and looking into its aesthetics. The qaīda nūniyyah of the Andalusian poet Ibn Zaydfln (d. 463/1070) will be taken as an example and examined in the framework of the paratexts proposed by its medieval readers.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2016

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  • Until a short time ago, in German speaking countries there has neither been a periodical dealing primarly with interdisciplinary research of the Middle Ages, nor has there been a forum for regular publications in other languages. Wishing to close this gap, the journal «Mediaevistik» therefore pursues two aims: 1. To publish research methods and results which deal with studies within the different categories of the Middle Ages as a subject, and 2. to offer a forum for studies in all other important European languages and thus stressing and furthering the internationality of this particular field of research. The time frame is approx. the 8th to the 16th century, corresponding with the geographical boundaries of Latin Christianity in the High Middle Ages.

    All articles in Mediaevistik are published as full open access articles under a CC-BY Creative Commons license 4.0. There are no submission charges and no Article Processing Charges as these are fully funded by institutions through Knowledge Unlatched, resulting in no direct charge to authors.

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