The Qur’an and the Aesthetics of Premodern Arabic Prose

  • Sarah R. bin Tyeer

Part of the Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World book series (LCIW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Sarah R. bin Tyeer
    Pages 1-38
  3. حسن و قبح

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-41
    2. Sarah R. bin Tyeer
      Pages 43-57
    3. Sarah R. bin Tyeer
      Pages 59-74
    4. Sarah R. bin Tyeer
      Pages 75-108
    5. Sarah R. bin Tyeer
      Pages 109-118
  4. Popular Literature: Thousand and One Nights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Sarah R. bin Tyeer
      Pages 121-146
    3. Sarah R. bin Tyeer
      Pages 147-168
    4. Sarah R. bin Tyeer
      Pages 169-190
  5. Canonical Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Sarah R. bin Tyeer
      Pages 193-227
    3. Sarah R. bin Tyeer
      Pages 229-263
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-306

About this book


This book approaches the Qur’an as a primary source for delineating the definition of ugliness, and by extension beauty, and in turn establishing meaningful tools and terms for literary criticism within the discipline of classical Arabic literature (adab). Focusing on the aesthetic dimension of the Qur’an, this methodology opens up new horizons for reading adab by reading the tradition from within the tradition and thereby examining issues of “decontextualisation” and the “untranslatable.” This approach, in turn, invites Comparatists, as well as Arabists, to consider other means and perspectives for approaching adab besides the Bakhtinian carnival. Applying this critical strategy to literary works as diverse as One Thousand and One Nights and The Epistle of Forgiveness, Sarah R. bin Tyeer aims to prove two major points: how Bakhtin’s aesthetics is anachronistic and therefore theoretically inappropriate when applied to certain literary works and how ultimately this literary methodology is sometimes used as a proxy for ungrounded and, sometimes, unfair arguments by other scholars.    


1 Classical Arabic Literature 2 The Qur’an and Literature 3 Adab 4 Misinterpretation 5 The Carnivalesque

Authors and affiliations

  • Sarah R. bin Tyeer
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Oriental and African StudiesUniversity of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59988-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59875-2
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