She studied the Mu'allaqat
, a group of seven long Arabic poems the earliest of which dates to the 6th century AD.
Know as Mu'allaqat
, these poems were considered the best of their time.
The oldest poetry of the Arabic tradition--the famed Mu'allaqat
and the poems of the sa'alik--derive from the struggles of pre-Islamic Bedouin Arabia.
The famous seven pre-Islamic odes known as the mu'allaqat
are called "mu'alqat," and the lampoons or satirical invectives exchanged by Umayyad poets al-Akhtal, Jarir, and al-Farazdaq are wrongly called panegyrics.
The audience was also briefed on the salient features of the Mu'allaqat
- the hung poems, so named because they were hung on or in the holy Ka'aba of ancient times.
Known as the Mu'allaqat (the Suspended Ones), they were
The oldest and most famous of the Mu'allaqat is that of
Jones, with his knowledge of classical Arabic (and Persian and Sanskrit too), translated the pre-Islamic competition prize poems (Odes) known as Mu'allaqat
, suspended from the walls of the Kaaba.
The curriculum focused on excerpts from the classics of Arabic literature--the Mu'allaqat
, al-Mutanabbi, al-Khansaa--and slowly moved on to modern authors like the Egyptians Naguib Mahfouz and Taha Husayn; the Lebanese Khalil Gibran and Elia Abu Madi; and the Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish.