'...one of the best historical and analytical studies of the Arabic poetry of the last hundred years...a valuable addition to Arabic literary studies...should be necessary reading for all scholars and students of modern Arabic literature...'
Issa J. Boullata, The Muslim World, 1978.
'This monumental work...will surely take its place among the leading general studies on Arabic literature, and remain a work of first-reference for many years to come.'
John A. Haywood, Die Welt des Islams, 1980.
'...a solid contribution to the literature...a significant contibution to the field of Arabic poetry...Salma Khadra Jayyusi should be congratulated for a very impressive piece of scholarship.'
Mohammed Bakir Alwan, The Middle East Journal, 1980.
'...splendid book...a massive contribution to the wider understanding of this culture....the most complete history of modern Arabic poetry that we possess.'
R.C. Ostle, Bulletin of the S.O.A.S., 1981.
'...un grand évènement dans les études arabes modernes.'
R.G. Khoury, Bibliotheca Orientalis, 1980.
'...a comprehensive survey...whose scope will in all likelihood not be equalled or surpassed for many years to come.'
Roger Allen, J.S.S., 1979.