The Mantle Odes

The Mantle Odes,
'3 Masterpieces of Islamic Devotional Poetry'
[A5] Paperback - 336 pages,
Compiled by Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych,
Published by Indianna University Press, USA.


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Three Masterpieces of Islamic devotional poetry in their cultural contexts.

Three of the most renowned praise poems to the Beloved Prophet, May Allah bless him and grant him peace, the mantle odes span the arc of Islamic history from Muhammad's lifetime, to the medieval Mamluk period, to the modern colonial era. Over the centuries, they have informed the poetic and religious life of the Arab and Islamic worlds.

Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych places her original translations of the poems within the odes' broader cultural context. By highlighting their transformative power as speech acts and their ritual function as gift exchanges, this book not only demonstrates the relevance of these poems to contemporary scholarship but also reveals their power and beauty to the modern reader. 


"A work of scholarship at the highest level, critically groundbreaking, textually grounded, elegantly argued, and of a depth and breadth that is rare in any field."---Michael Sells, author of Desert Tracings: Six Classic Arabian Odes  


"A great achievement in literary theory and Islamic thought and a significant contribution to Arabic literature." —Muhsin al-Musawi, author of Reading Iraq: Culture and Power in Conflict.





Table of Contents

---Note on Translation and Transliteration,
---List of Abbreviations.

---[1]. Ka'b ibn Zuhayr and the Mantle of the Prophet,
---The Pre-Islamic Prototype,
-----1. 'Alqamah's A Heart Turbulent with Passion: The Poem as Ransom Payment,
-----2. Al-Nabighah's O Abode of Mayyah: Transgression and Redemption,
-----3. Zuhayr ibn Abi Sulmá's The Tribe Set Out: The Tacit Panegyric Pact,
---The Pre-Islamic as Proto-Islamic,
---Ka'b ibn Zuhayr's Su'ad Has Departed,
---The Conversion Narrative,
---The Conversion Ode,

---Part 1: Lyric-Elegiac Prelude (Nasib),
---Part 2: Desert Journey (Rahil),
---Part 3: Praise (Madih),
---Mythogenesis: The Donation of the Mantle,
---Hassan ibn Thabit's At Taybah Lies a Trace.

---[2]. Al-Busiri and the Dream of the Mantle,
---Poetic Genre,
---Poetic Style: Classical and Post-Classical Badi',
---The Poet and His Times,
---The Miracle and the Poem,
---'Umar ibn al-Farid's Was That Laylá's Fire,
---The Mantle Ode,
---The Structure of al-Busiri's Burdah,
---The Beginning of the Supplicatory Pattern: Parts 1-3,
---Part 1: Prophetic Nasib,
---Part 2: Warning against the Desires of the Self,
---Part 3: Praise of the Noble Messenger,
---The Sirah-Derived Passages: Parts 4-8,
---Poeticisation and Polemicisation,
---Part 4: The Birth of the Prophet,
---Part 5: The Miracles of the Prophet,
---Part 6: The Noble Qur'an,
---Part 7: The Night Journey and Ascension,
---Part 8: The Messenger's Jihad and Campaigns,
---Completion of the Supplicatory Pattern: Parts 9-10,
---Part 9: Supplication and Plea for Intercession,
---Part 10: Fervent Prayer and Petition,

---[3]. Ahmad Shawqi and the Reweaving of the Mantle,
---Ahmad Shawqi and the Nahdah,
---Poetic Precedents,
---Authorizing the Text: The Khedive, the Shaykh, and the Adib,
---The Colonial Double Bind,
---Shawqi's Nahj al-Burdah: The Thematic Structure,
---Nahj al-Burdah Movement I: In the Path of al-Busiri—Parts 1-6,
---Part 1: Nasib: Complaint of Unrequited Love,
---Part 2: Chiding the Unruly Soul—Warning against Worldly Temptations,
---Part 3: Repentance, Submission, and Supplication,
---Part 4: Prophetic Praise,
---Part 5: Sirah Themes: The Birth of the Prophet; Night Journey & Ascension; The Miracle of the Cave
---Part 6: Metapoetic Recapitulation of Prophetic Praise,
---Nahj al-Burdah Movement II: The Ihya' Project: Parts 7-12,
---Part 7: Polemic against Christianity,
---Part 8: Defense/Praise of Jihad and the Prophet's Military Campaigns,
---Part 9: The Shari'ah,
---Part 10: The Glory of Baghdad,
---Part 11: The Orthodox Caliphs,
---Part 12: Benediction and Supplication,
---Umm Kulthum, al-Qaradawi, and Nahj al-Burdah.

---Appendix of Arabic Texts,
---Works Cited.






More  Qasidah al-Burdah.
Also see Dalayl al-Khayrat.


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