zajal

(from the article `Islamic arts`) ...however, it lost its original spontaneity and became as stereotyped as every other lyric form of expression during the later Middle Ages. Another ... New poetic forms were developed, such as the muwashsha and the zajal, that were freer in rhyme and metre than the classical qadah or formal ode. ... ...
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Zajal

Zajal (Arabic: زجل) is a traditional form of oral strophic poetry declaimed in a colloquial dialect (most notably in one of the many dialects of Arabic) with ancient roots in a number of Mediterranean cultures. The form is similar to Muwashshah. The origin of zajal is Pre Islamic Arabia and Alkhansaa was famous of Zajal at that time .This art m...
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