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POETRY. See Devotional Poetry; and articles on specific languages and literature. ...more


DEVOTIONAL POETRY. The creation of religious verse seems to be a latecomer in the Islamic world. An aversion to poetry, especially religious poetry, is palpable in the first centuries of Islam, when it was feared that poetry-criticized in the Qur'an, (surah 26.226 ff.) and often negatively described in hadith might conflict with the divinely inspired words of the Qur'an, or that people might think religious verses were divinely inspired. The praise  poems by the Prophet's companion Hassan ibn T ...more

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