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Book/Printed Material Emanations of Musk from Beiruti Verse.

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  • Emanations of Musk from Beiruti Verse.


  • Al-Nafh al-Miski fi-al-Shi'r al-Bayruti (Emanations of musk from Beiruti verse) is a collection of verse by the prolific Lebanese poet Shaykh Ibrāhīm al-Aḥdab. The author was first and foremost a traditionalist in his literary as well as his legal career. The poems are of various rhyme schemes and meters and display mastery of classical prosody. They are primarily madh (praise) commemorating the achievements of public figures or personal acquaintances. Examples include "Commending His Excellency Muhammad Rushdi Pasha, Governor of Syria," "Praising Prince 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jaza'iri on the Festival of 'Id al-Adha," and "Congratulations to the Distinguished Ibrahim Efendi, Chief of the Beirut Commercial Office on His Promotion in Grade." Such encomiums were often commissioned for declamation at weddings, returns from the pilgrimage, or to elicit a reward for the poet, as happened when he received medals and other adornments in precious stones. More important than al-Ahdab's versifying was his membership in the Jami'at al-Funun (Society of [Useful] Arts) and editorship of its journal Thamarat al-Funun (Fruits of the [useful] arts), the first Lebanese Muslim journal to confront the growing number of political and religious journals published by Christian reformers or missionaries. This organ, along with al-Jawa'ib (Responses) of Aḥmad Fāris al-Shidyāq (circa 1804-87), presented counterviews in support of Muslim interests and in sympathy for Ottoman authority. The journal flourished in the last quarter of the 19th century.


  • Aḥdab, Ibrāhīm, 1826-1891 Author.

Created / Published

  • Beirut : al-'Umumiyah Press, 1868.


  • -  Lebanon--Beirut
  • -  1835 to 1868
  • -  Arabic poetry
  • -  Poetry


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 232 pages.
  • -  Reference extracted from World Digital Library: Philippe de Tarrazi, Tarikh al-Sihafah al-'Arabiyah (History of the Arab Press). (Baghdad: al-Muthanna, 1967).
  • -  Original resource at: Qatar National Library.
  • -  Content in Arabic.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

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  • 2021666238

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Aḥdab, Ibrāhīm, Author. Emanations of Musk from Beiruti Verse. Beirut: al-'Umumiyah Press, 1868. Pdf.

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Aḥdab, I. (1868) Emanations of Musk from Beiruti Verse. Beirut: al-'Umumiyah Press. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Aḥdab, Ibrāhīm, Author. Emanations of Musk from Beiruti Verse. Beirut: al-'Umumiyah Press, 1868. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.