Mufaddaliyat


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Mufaddaliyat

(mo͞ofä'dälēät`) or

Mofaddaliyat

(mō–), great Arabic anthology compiled by the celebrated philologist Al Mufaddal ad-Dabbi (d. c.775). It contains 126 poems, some complete odes, others fragmentary. They are all of the Golden Age of Arabic poetry (500–650) and are the best collection of poems of that period by different authors. There are 67 authors, two of them Christian. The oldest poems in the collection date from c.500. The collection is a valuable source concerning pre-Islamic Arab life.

Bibliography

See tr. by Sir Charles Lyall (3 vol., 1921–24).