Arabists should analyze the ways in which generations of amateur audiences reinterpreted old literature in order to breathe new life into traditional texts, which can turn cold and alien. Without an analysis of audience reception, we are left with a canon detached from the particular needs and choosy sensibilities of those who exercised the privilege of selecting texts for future transmission—or not.
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