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Title: Al-Mu'ayyad al-Shirazi and Fatimid Da'wa Poetry: A Case of Commitment in Classical Arabic Literature
Author: Qutbuddin, Tahera
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2005
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004141032
Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 418
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Al-Mu'ayyad al-Shirazi was a medieval Arabic-Islamic scholar and poet committed to the Fatimid religio-political ideology. Chief missionary for their Caliph-Imams, he founded the dynamic tradition of "Fatimid da'wa (religious mission) poetry" that flourished after him for a thousand years through the succeeding 'ayyibi da'wa and continues to thrive today.This study examines the manner in which al-Mu'ayyad's mission informed the aesthetic rules, motifs, structures, genres, motives, addressees, and aspirations of his poetry. It analyzes the characteristics of al-Mu'ayyad's verse that render it distinctive, above all, its use of a unique form of esoteric tawil-based religious symbolism-metaphor, in fact, as manifestation, where what appears to be metaphor is the theological reality of the Imam. This book features a large number of original translations.