German orientalists’ perspectives on issues of pre-Islamic poetry - imaginary and imagination

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Dr. Samia Kaaelkef


       Scholars from diverse groups, ideologies, and languages focused on pre-Islamic poetry, studied and critiqued it, then utilized its various issues as a starting point for numerous Arab and Western research. This latter group made a concerted effort to examine this legacy, and as a result, two perspectives emerged: one is in favor of its existence, and the other is opposed to it.

The German Orientalist School, which focused on the study of pre-Islamic poetry, is one of these tendencies. While some of their research supported the existence of classical Arabic poetry, others cast doubt on it. Due to its significance for understanding and investigating our heritage, we will attempt to present and critique the many viewpoints in order to highlight the characteristics of German Orientalism and its perspective on the problems with Arabic literature. Its significance also comes from highlighting the fundamental contrast between the Arabs' perspective on our heritage and other people's attitudes about it.

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