Poetry is the mine of knowledge of the Arabs and the book of their wisdom, the archives of their history, the reservoir of their epic days, the wall that defends their exploits, the impassable trench that preserves their glories, the impartial witness... Classical Traditions and Modern Meanings - Page 102edited by - 1996 - 532 pagesLimited preview
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Manuela Marin, Randi Deguilhem - Social Science - 2002 - 278 pages
...medieval Arab literary critics is the one recorded by Ibn Qutayba in the 'Uyun al-akhbdr. Poetry is the mine of knowledge of the Arabs and the book of...glories, the impartial witness for the day of judgement. ' Although, as Vicente Cantarino has pointed out, Ibn Qutayba was referring almost exclusively to poetry...