From Bayt to Stanza: Arabic Khayāl and the Advent of Italian Vernacular Poetry

  title={From Bayt to Stanza: Arabic Khayāl and the Advent of Italian Vernacular Poetry},
  author={Hassanaly Ladha},
  pages={1 - 31}
ABSTRACT At the twilight of Arabic literary culture in thirteenth-century Sicily, poets writing in the vernacular Italian use the term “stanza,” meaning a “dwelling,” to refer to a lyric strophe. Since there is no precedent for this use of the term “stanza” to refer to poetry, I suggest that “stanza” presents as a calque for Arabic “bayt,” meaning “dwelling” and a “unit of verse.” To understand how the implied relation between poetry and architecture might frame new approaches to the scuola… 
1 Citations

Imagining the Bob and Wheel

Abstract Medieval poetic forms defy classification, and yet medievalists trade in postmedieval formalist taxonomies—sometimes without reflecting on their history. This essay takes up the case of the



Abbasid Panegyric: Badīʿ Poetry and the Invention of the Arab Golden Age

Abstract This study argues that the third AH/ninth CE century panegyrists (praise poets) of the Abbasid caliphal court at Baghdad (and briefly at Samarra) were responsible for constructing the image

The Kingdom of Sicily, 1100-1250: A Literary History

1. Toward a Literary History of the Kingdom of Sicily 2. An Archeology of the Sicilian Park 3. Frederick II and the Genesis of a Sicilian Romance Culture 4. Rereading Le Origini: Sicilian Romance

Allegories of Ruin: Architecture and Knowledge in Early Arabic Poetry

This study examines the architectural lexicon (ṭalal, dār, rasm, bayt) of early Arabic poetry, interrogating the relation between built and linguistic form in the nasīb. I argue that the

Moses Ibn Ezra

Of all the Arabized poets of the Hebrew Golden Age in al-Andalus, Moses (Abū Hārān) Ibn Ezra is the one whose poetry most resembles that of an Arabic poet. Yet his literary career was more varied

The Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History: A Forgotten Heritage

Arabic culture was a central and shaping phenomenon in medieval Europe, yet its influence on medieval literature has been ignored or marginalized for the last two centuries. In this ground-breaking

Communities, Cultures and Conflict in Southern Italy, from the Byzantines to the Angevins

ABSTRACT When the Normans conquered southern Italy and Sicily during the eleventh century, a significant part of the population were Greek-rite Christians (mainly in southern Apulia, Calabria and

European Modernity and the Arab Mediterranean: Toward a New Philology and a Counter-Orientalism

Chapter 1. Scheherazade among the Philologists (Paris, 1704) Chapter 2. Metempsychosis: Dante, Petrarch, and the Arab Middle Ages Chapter 3. I nostri Saracini: Writing the History of the Arabs of

Frederick II: A Medieval Emperor

This is a biography of Frederick II (1194-1250), King of Sicily, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Jerusalem, concentrating on the complete history of his kingdoms and placing his reign in a wide context.

The Origin of the Sonnet

A GOOD DEAL of the mystery surrounding the origin of the sonnet was cleared up by Ernest Hatch Wilkins in 1915. In his fine investigative piece "The Invention of the Sonnet,"l Wilkins establishes, as

Medieval Jewish civilization : an encyclopedia

Abelard Aboab Abraham bar Hayya Abravanel family Abulafia family Agriculture Albigensians and Jews Alexandria Alfonso X Almohads Almoravids Ambassadors, Jews as Andalucia Aquinas AragonCatalonia