Two Sources for Abu Dhu'ayb al-Hudhali's Famous Elegy

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This article considers the celebrated elegy by the classical 7th-century Arabic poet, Abu Dhu'yb al-Hudhali - his ʿayniyya, which ends with ʿayn as a rhyming letter. Analyzing the poem's structure and comparing it with that of two poems composed by Abu Dhu'yb's teacher, Saʿida b. Ju'yya al-Hudhali, leads to the conclusion that Saʿida's two poems were the main sources on which the pupil drew to create his poem. The sophisticated changes that Abu Dhu'yb introduced in structure and content, however, made his poem more memorable than those of his teacher.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-233
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Middle East Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2021

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  • Abu Dhu'yb al-Hudhali
  • Saʿida b. Ju'yya al-Hudhali
  • classical Arabic poetry
  • elegy
  • plague
  • ʿayniyya

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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