Adab


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Adab

 

in medieval Arabic literature, the sphere of worldly knowledge required of an educated man (adib)—Arabic poetry and poetics, history and genealogy of Arabic tribes, rhetoric, ethics, philosophy, and natural science. Adab existed in the form of various collections, anthologies, treatises, and sketches. In modern Arab countries, adab has come to mean belles-lettres.

REFERENCE

Krachkovskii, I. Iu. Izbr. soch., vol. 2. Moscow-Leningrad, 1956. Pages 563–74.
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