We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Al-Ṣafadī, his critics, and the drag of philological time.

Talib, Adam (2019) 'Al-Ṣafadī, his critics, and the drag of philological time.', Philological encounters., 4 (1-2). pp. 109-134.


Philology was more than a scholarly tool in the system of classical Arabo-Islamic writing; it was a cognitive model. This cognitive model was embodied by scholars and repeatedly performed by them in oral and written expression. It can be understood as a habitus. This article takes seriously pre-modern critiques of a revisionist darling al-Ṣafadī’s masterful commentary al-Ghayth al-musajjam fī sharḥ «Lāmiyyat al-ʿAjam» to consider the cognitive logic of this philological habitus and the ways in which modern scholarly agendas manipulate the chronological plane of Arabic literary history.

Item Type:Article
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Date accepted:10 August 2018
Date deposited:13 August 2018
Date of first online publication:13 December 2019
Date first made open access:13 December 2021

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar