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Rhymed Prose
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The common English translation of sajʿ, an ancient form of Arabic composition used in proverbs, aphorisms, orations, descriptions of meteorological phenomena, and soothsayers' oracular pronouncements before the advent of Islam and in sermons, book titles, introductions, anecdotes, belletristic epistles, chancery correspondence, maqāmāt, histories and other literary works in the Islamic period. In its simplest form, sajʿ consists of groups of consecutive cola sharing a common rhyme and meter. The meter of sajʿ is accentual, determined by the number of words ( kalima, lafẓa) in…

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Stewart, Devin J., “Rhymed Prose”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00359>



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