This article studies a subsection of the adab compilation of Ibn 'Abd Rabbih's, al-'Iqd al-farīd, namely "The Book of Lamentattions, Condolences, and Elegies". The article analyzes al-'Iqd's ideological function, speccifically, the way gender is organized through the occasion of death. It locates what seems to be "repressed" in the text attempting to determine what material was ignored, buried, end edited, and how priorities were arranged. It is the contention of this article that al-'Iqd, as an exemplary text, not only reflects a dominant ideology, but contributes towards the dominant discourse by shaping mental and social life.
- Iqd al-farīd
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies
- Literature and Literary Theory