This article provides a sketch map of Arabic poetry anthologies up to the fall of Baghdad in 759/1258 by grouping titles that share general characteristics in form or content, or exhibit specific goals and aspirations. The purpose is to provide an analytic framework to the study of this type of literature. With its ten categories, the map allows for the inclusion of new or previously overlooked anthologies. The map is introduced by a survey of the state of scholarship on the terms adab and anthology within the scope of classical Arabic literature, and highlights a number of the main approaches to the study of Arabic literary anthology in recent scholarship. The article also suggests some authorial motives behind the genesis, development, and popularity of this type of literature.
See Abdallah Cheikh-Moussa“L’historien et la littérature arabe médiévale”152-188. Heidy Toelle and Katia Zakharia “Pour une relecture des textes littéraires arabes: éléments de réflexion” Arabica 46 (1999) 523-540; Stefan Leder “Conventions of Fictional Narration in Learned Literature” in Story-telling in the Framework of Non-fictional Arabic Literature ed. Stefan Leder (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 1998) 34-60; idem “Authorship and Transmission in Unauthored Literature: the Akhbār of al-Haytham ibn ʿAdī” Oriens 31 (1988) 61-81.
See Sebastian Günther“». . .Nor Have I Learned It from Any Book of Theirs« Abū l-Faraj al-Iṣfahānī: a Medieval Arabic Author at Work,” in Islamstudien ohne Ende: Festschrift Für Werner Ende Zum 65. Geburtstageds. R. Brunner et al. (Heidelberg: Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft2000) 139-154.