The seven “suspended poems” (Muʻallaqāt), composed in pre-Islamic times, are masterpieces of classical Arabic literature, and Zawzanī is one of their most important commentators. This manuscript, from Silvestre de Sacy’s personal library, was interleaved with blank pages on which he made his annotations. Salisbury gave lectures on the Muʻallaqāt during his first academic year at Yale in 1843, likely relying upon this copy, purchased from the auction of Silvestre de Sacy’s library earlier that year.
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Ḥusayn ibn Aḥmad al-Zawzanī (d. 1093 or 4), “Sharḥ al-Muʻallaqāt,” Online Exhibits@Yale, accessed January 24, 2019, http://omeka.med.yale.edu/document/10853.