10. Prose Writing at the Time of the Umayyads
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In volume 1 | book 1, The National Literature of the Arabs | Section 3, The Period of the Umayyads

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Venerated as coming from God, the example of religious prose that Muḥammad had set out in the Qurʾān could not be imitated. Public statements were still couched in a traditional metric form, while recordings of religious and historical traditions were at first few and far between, and mostly directed at some inner circle. As such, direct traces of these have not generally come down to us.

1a. It is doubtful if Ziyād, half-brother and proconsul of Muʿāwiy…

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Carl Brockelmann, “10. Prose Writing at the Time of the Umayyads”, 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_113100>
First published online: 2017

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