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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: April 2020



The Conclusion speculates as to why this wonder-based aesthetic appeared in the eleventh century and briefly situates it in some broader discussions of beauty in the medieval Islamicate world. It discusses what is at stake with wonder as an experience beyond mere aesthetic pleasure, as well as the limits of this kind of aesthetic appreciation. Finally, it points to the implications of this aesthetic theory beyond Arabic literature and suggests some parallels with modern literary theory.