Badī' al-Zamān al-Hamadhānī's Maqāma of Bishr b. 'Aw̄ana (al-Bishriyya)

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This article deals with what is generally known as 'Hamadhānī's Maqāma of Bishr b. 'Awana', against the background of several previous studies. The first part of the article examines the existence or absence of this text in the several extant medieval manuscripts and modern editions of Hamadhan's Maqamas, and raises the questionagainst the background of the absence in it of substantive aspects and functions possessed by classical maqamasof whether it is a real maqama or not; we tend to consider it as Hamadhanian fictional anecdote (khabar or, as it was labelled by the Constantinopolitan editor, mula). The second part of the article examines the text's literary roots, analyses it against the classical Arabic literary traditions, and shows the misinterpretations in previous studies, due to the lack of a critical edition of Hamadhānī's Maqāmas, and the fact that Muammad 'Abduh out of piety changed some words in the text.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-153
Number of pages33
JournalMiddle Eastern Literatures
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory


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