The Diwanul Hamasa of Abu Tammam

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The Diwanul Hamasa of Abu Tammam

The Diwanul Hamasa of Abu Tammam

The Diwanul Hamasa of Abu Tammam

The Diwanul Hamasa of Abu Tammam

A notable collection of Arabic poetry is the Diwanul Hamasa of Abu Tammam. The word ‘hamasa’ means ‘adventure’ or heroism. This book is compiled by a poet named Abu Tammam bin Aush. After the name of its compiler, the book is called ‘Diwanul Hamasha of Abu Tammam’.

There is a legend about the compilation of this book. According to the legend, Abu Tammam the compiler of the book, during the last days of his life,  went to meet Abdullah bin Zuhair, the ruler of Khurasan. When he went up to a place called Hamdan, snow began to fall on the road and it was impossible for him to proceed. Therefore he postponed his journey and stayed at a house of a local man. The man who sheltered him was fond of literature and he had a collection of many books in his house. During his stay there, Abu Tammam not only read the books from that library but also compiled a collection of some of his favorite poems or selected excerpts from them. In addition to the poems of the pre-Islamic period, many poems of the Islamic period were included in the collection. Of course, the names of the authors of many poems are not known. The book is divided into ten sections as below:

(1) Bab al-Hamasah

(2) Bab al-Marashi

(3) Bab al-Adab

(4) Bab al-Tashwabib

(5) Bab al-Hija

(7) Bab al-Adyaf al-Madih

(8) Bab al- Sair al-Nuwas

(9) Bab al-Mulah

(10) Bab al-Muzammat al-Nisa. 0 0 0.

 

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N.B. This article ‘The Diwanul Hamasa of Abu Tammam’ originally belongs to the book entitled ‘A Brief History of Arabic Literature: Pre-Islamic Period (500 AD-622 AD) by Menonim Menonimus.

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