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M. 2001 in Chennai). 25 The poems usually consist of 10-40 stanzas. If put together, they actually form something like a religious handbook having some resemblance with texts like the V£ta pur¢½am, which is also in verse (K¤{akkarai Taikk¢ Ì¢Àib 1990: 5-6; Shu'ayb 1993: 165 and 524; some of the other poems from the S_h_u©abu ’d-d¤n are men25 Shu'ayb mentions a S_h_ar¤©a m¢lai by K¤{akkarai Taikk¢ Ì¢Àib, which also seems to be part of this collection (1993: 433 and 454). In fact, Im¢m al-©Ar¦s quotes several times from an Arwi poem called S_h_ar¤©a m¢lai in his FatÀu 'd-dayy¢n (cf.

If this should be true, then Mad¤natu'n-nuÀ¢s could be the first novel written in the Tamil language. 39 39 Shu'ayb convincingly argues that the writing of a novel by Im¢m 49 5. 1. S¢m S _h _ ih¢b ad-D¤n The fourth of the “five gems”, the sons of S _ h_ayk_h_ Sulaym¢n 40 (1591-1668) (cf. : 140 and 281; Sayabu Maraicar 1996: 153). In contrast to his brothers S _ h_ams ad-D¤n, AÀmad, Ìadaqatull¢h and Ìal¢À ad-D¤n, he concentrated on the writing and propagation of Arwi literature. Though he also wrote some Arabic works, most of his writings are in Arwi.

Zvelebil mentions an author named Aptul K¢tir Leppai who wrote a Pazzira½¿um¢lai. Zvelebil probably refers to K¤{akkarai Taikk¢ Ì¢Àib, though he mistakenly assigns him to the late nineteenth century (cf. Zvelebil 1995: 55). I am unsure whether the name S_h_u©abu 'd-d¤n was already used by K¤{akkarai Taikk¢ Ì¢Àib, but it is definitely better to use this name than Pazzira½¿um¢lai, as there are more than just twelve poems. M. 2001 in Chennai). 25 The poems usually consist of 10-40 stanzas. If put together, they actually form something like a religious handbook having some resemblance with texts like the V£ta pur¢½am, which is also in verse (K¤{akkarai Taikk¢ Ì¢Àib 1990: 5-6; Shu'ayb 1993: 165 and 524; some of the other poems from the S_h_u©abu ’d-d¤n are men25 Shu'ayb mentions a S_h_ar¤©a m¢lai by K¤{akkarai Taikk¢ Ì¢Àib, which also seems to be part of this collection (1993: 433 and 454).

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