The Arabic literary spirit was thus compelled to cling to its old pre-mohammedan form. That is, it expressed itself only in brief personal poems, in skilfully phrased epigrams, satiric couplets, or rubaiyat, called forth by a sudden oc casion. A collection of the best known of these poems, gath ered from successive ages of gay and dashing singers, is given at the close of our Arabic section.
Gradually, however, a change came over the victorious Arab race. The warriors lost their intense religious inspira tion. They fought among themselves for place and power. The enormous wealth which they had conquered, with its resulting temptations to luxury and ease and empty vanity, weakened them, lured them from both the high moral strength which they had really attained, and from the fanatic frenzy of faith which had been their pride. They removed the capital of their empire from the holy cities of Arabia, first to Damascus and then to Bagdad, the wonderful dream-city of splendor which they built upon the banks of the ancient Tigris river.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Charles Francis Horne
Published Date - August 26 2019
ISBN - 9780260222145
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
Page Count - 428
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