The Poetics of the Obscene in Premodern Arabic Poetry

Ibn al-Ḥajjāj and Sukhf

  • Authors
  • Sinan Antoon

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Sinan Antoon
    Pages 1-4
  3. Sinan Antoon
    Pages 5-43
  4. Sinan Antoon
    Pages 45-63
  5. Sinan Antoon
    Pages 65-91
  6. Sinan Antoon
    Pages 125-134
  7. Sinan Antoon
    Pages 135-136
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 137-224

About this book


The book is the first study of the 10th century Iraqi poet Ibn al-Hajjaj who popularized a new genre of obscene and scatological parody (sukhf) and is considered the most obscene poet in Arabic literature. Antoon traces the genealogy of this fascinating genre in and examines its rise by placing it in its sociopolitical context.


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