3. Rhymed Prose
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|⁹²In volume 1 | book 2, Islamic Literature in the Arabic Language | Section 1, The Classical Period from ca. 750 until ca. 1000

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As it had become quasi-sanctified by the Qurʾān, the profane use of rhymed prose, or sajʿ (see Suppl. I, 22), disappeared almost entirely in the first two centuries of Islam. It was only in the middle of the third century that it emerged again in the khuṭba, which in those days was left more and more in the hands of professional preachers, who developed it artistically. From there, sajʿ also penetrated into literature in the form …

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Carl Brockelmann, “3. Rhymed Prose”, 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_121030>
First published online: 2017

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