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Sīrat ʿAntar
(3,732 words)

, the romance of ʿAntar, rightly considered the model of the Arabic romance of chivalry. This sīra surveys five hundred years of Arab history and includes a wealth of older traditions. The story in the Kitāb al-Ag̲h̲ānī of how ʿAntar, the son of a slave-girl, was adopted into the tribe of Banū ʿAbs for saving them at a time of great crisis bears the stamp of a flourishing but already legendary tradition. The Sīrat ʿAntar far transcends the unconscious development of a legend. By a bold stroke ʿAntar, the solitary hero, is raised to be the representative of all that is…

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Heller, B., “Sīrat ʿAntar”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 01 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0056>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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