The study of Andalusian “Muwashaḥāt”: a literary and artistic approach"
Balat, Samah Mohamed
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This thesis aims at presenting a comprehensive study, through which more will be learnt about the art of the Andalusian Muwashaḥāt. This is a study of their artistic structure, types, and poetic purposes. The art of the Muwashaḥāt was different in form and rhythm from the classic Arabic poem, because the Muwashaḥāt had multi meters and rhymes, and it relied on the musical rhythm. Besides, the poetic language of the Muwashaḥāt was based on both classical and vernacular Arabic. The Muwashaḥāt was invented by the Andalusian poets to keep pace with the musical development in Andalusia, the researcher will shed light on aesthetic methods, and the poetic styles that characterized the Muwashaḥāt as an innovative poetic art which had strong ties with the music and singing, and showing the impact of the Andalusian environment on the development of this art. The art of the Muwashaḥāt left a distinguished mark on the Arabic poetry and music, especially in the Maghreb and North Africa where a lot of musical schools and poets still pay a lot of attention to such type of that Andalusian art. The continuous interest in this art, until current days, strongly motivated the researcher to proceed with this study.