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  • Print publication year: 1983
  • Online publication date: May 2012

4 - The beginnings of Arabic prose literature: the epistolary genre

The political and religious leaders of the Umayyad period, of whatever persuasion or affiliation, struck out a vein of strong native rhetoric and afforded the raw material for the development of an artistic prose literature. Long and careful scrutiny of form and content based on exacting standards of scholarship led Mario Grignaschi to two primary conclusions, one of which was that in these writings one have, not, as one might be only too ready to assume, a straightforward collection of Arabic Aristotelian pseudepigrapha, but a work of Hellenistic epistolary fiction adapted by an Arab translator of the Umayyad period. The second conclusion was that there are cogent reasons for connecting this work of translation and adaptation with Abū '1-‘Alā' Salīm. Formal perfection of the Umayyad epistle was achieved not by Sālim but by a graduate of his school, namely the same ‘Abd al-Hamīd to whom passing references have been made. Epistolography begins with ‘Abd al-Hamīd and closes with Ibn al-Amīd.
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