“Al-Andalus arising from damascus”: Al-Andalus in modern arabic poetry

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This chapter shows how the use and remembrance of al-Andalus in Arabic poetry can be tellingly examined by placing it within a developmental historical context. For the Arab poet the image of al-Andalus has long resonated along two intertwined tracks, and continues to do so. One of the prominent poets who frequently called up the image of al-Andalus in his poetry was Ahmad Shawqi, the “prince of poets” in the first quarter of the twentieth century. The image of al-Andalus in neoclassical Arabic poetry finds typifying expression in Ahmad Shawqi’s Andalusian poems, abounding as these do in sensuous descriptions of the Muslim Spanish heritage. As a mythical figure, Federico Garcia Lorca has inspired them to search the rich Andalusian Arabic heritage for connections between past and present that could serve as links in the cross-temporal and contextual chain asserted in and by their own collective and cultural memory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCharting Memory
Subtitle of host publicationRecalling Medieval Spain
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781135682507
ISBN (Print)9780815333258
StatePublished - 2000

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2000 by Stacy N. Beckwith.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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