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robinp 05:32, 26 Feb 2004 (UTC)
I've just seen this on Literature COTW. There's a lot of room for expansion: pre-Islamic literature, Qur'an, Hadith, Garshuni, the transmission of Greek, Persian and Indian scientific and philosophical works → to the modern novel in Arabic (Naguib Mahfouz &c.). Gareth Hughes 17:25, 1 Mar 2005 (UTC)

I'm trying to work out a framework for improving this article. We could go through genre by genre, but I feel that a chronological journey might be best. How about this:

  1. Pre-Quranic literature — I feel that pre-Quranic makes more sense than pre-Islamic, and I think that the apostrophe marking hamza should be left out in this adjective form.
  2. Qur'an and Hadith — a section on the profound literary influence of the Qur'an, and how hadith-style — pragmatic, eyewitness accounts — went beyond hadith literature and are found in other genres of early Islamic Arabic literature.
  3. Umayyad literature — the development of adab literature, pragmatic and educational literature.
  4. Classical literature (9th & 10th centuries) — the flowering of literary style, the risala essay, the maqamat epics and mediaeval drama.
  5. Late mediaeval literature — the proccupation with preservation after the fall of Baghdad to the Mongols: encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference works. The age of the Arabic romance, a kind of dream time.
  6. Modern literature — the ninteenth century revival of Arabic literature, the influx of European styles, and the uneasy relation between traditional and modern works. Jouranlism in Lebanon and Egypt races ahead. The Arabic historical novel develops. Traditional and modernist poetry thrives.

Is that any good as a layout? Gareth Hughes 18:36, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Is Quranic really better? I ask this because even in your next point you acknowledge the importance and influence of Hadith which undoubtedly helped greatly to make the change between pre-Quranic and post-Quranic writing. Also, what exactly is the scope of Arabic literature? The influence of Arab literature at least was disseminated from Spain to Indonesia. In the east the differences remain much more distinct but would you write about the impact to as far east as Pakistan maybe? since they inheritted the script? Since the beginning of the article says Arabic literature is literature written in Arabic, or by Arabs in other languages. That makes me unclear where heavy Arab influence ends and Arab itself begins. There is also the question of linguistics I'd imagine with the different dialects. I offer no answers, just curiosities. gren 19:19, 12 Mar 2005 (UTC)
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