7. Al-Khansāʾ
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The poetic genre of the marthiya seems to have first developed out of the inchoate wailings of women, which is also why its cultivation remained primarily in the hands of women. Among these, al-Khansāʾ attained the highest fame. Her real name was Tumāḍir (as in Abū Tamāḍir or Tamāḍur, Khiz. III, 403, 22ff.) and she belonged to the tribe of Sulaym, a branch of the Qays, which pitched its tents from the northern Hijaz all the way to Najd. W…

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Carl Brockelmann, “7. Al-Khansāʾ”, in: Brockelmann in English: The History of the Arabic Written Tradition Online. Consulted online on 21 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2542-8098_breo_COM_112070>
First published online: 2017

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