Dr. Rafeeqa Bin Rajab with students in library

Renowned Critic Rafeeqa Bin Rajaab Advocates for a Reevaluation of Ibn al-Mu’tazz al-Abbaasi’s Literary Criticism

In a compelling literary symposium organized by “Ahlia” Library, Dr. Rafeeqa Bin Rajaab, a prominent author and critic, called for a fresh perspective on the critical contributions of Ibn al-Mu’tazz al-Abbaasi in the realm of heritage literature.

Dr. Rafeeqa Bin Rajaab passionately emphasized the need to revisit Ibn al-Mu’tazz al-Abbaasi’s critical endeavors, employing multiple methodologies to gain a deeper understanding of his groundbreaking role in the critique of ancient literary heritage. Notably, Ibn al-Mu’tazz’s critical prowess surpassed his era, transcending impressionism and drawing from his extensive knowledge, independent thinking, and unwavering commitment to advancing the field of literary criticism in Arabic literature.

The symposium, held at Ahlia University Library, centered around Dr. Rafeeqa Bin Rajaab’s latest book, “Manifestations of Modernity: Ibn al-Mu’tazz as a Model,” which forms part of her extensive collection of specialized works in literature, rhetoric, and criticism. The event attracted a wide audience, including esteemed university professors and eager students. Through her critical thesis, Bin Rajaab showcases her profound admiration for Ibn al-Mu’tazz al-Abbaasi, extolling his intellectual brilliance, cultural influence, critical acumen, poetic mastery, and his invaluable contributions to the rich tapestry of literary experiences.

During the symposium, Dr. Rafeeqa Rajaab expressed, “It was imperative for me to delve into the realm of Arabic rhetoric and explore the founders who exhibited innovative creativity in poetry, backed by their remarkable historical backgrounds. I sought to undertake a comprehensive stylistic and practical analysis that transcends mere theoretical aspects. In Ibn al-Mu’tazz’s persona and his body of work, I discovered the intellectual pursuit I had longed for, as he stands among the few pioneers of ancient rhetoric who excelled in poetic creation and classification.”

She further elaborated, “My study of the book ‘Al-Tabaqat’ does not solely serve a historical purpose; it ventures beyond tracing the evolution of authorship within the art of rhetoric. Instead, it endeavors to establish a descriptive vision of various stylistic phenomena of rhetoric, as brilliantly manifested in the carefully curated collection of poetic texts chosen by one of the eminent poets of the Abbasid era. Ibn al-Mu’tazz’s profound artistic brilliance and rhetorical expertise set him apart from other authors, elevating the significance of his text selection and warranting closer examination.”

Bin Rajaab’s study meticulously examines stylistic rhetorical phenomena by utilizing quantitative and statistical measurements across a range of contexts. Additionally, she analyzes the aesthetic metaphorical functions embedded within the texts, allowing for valuable insights and potential amendments to conventional rhetorical judgments based on the findings obtained through meticulous textual stylistic studies.

Dr. Rafeeqa Bin Rajaab’s thought-provoking symposium has stimulated renewed interest among scholars, academics, and enthusiasts in the critical contributions of Ibn al-Mu’tazz al-Abbaasi. Her insightful research sheds new light on the profound impact of his work, solidifying his position as a visionary and trailblazer in the realm of literary criticism.

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