Poets were elevated from their earlier roles of tribal panegyrist-satirist or urban minstrel to a position comparable to that enjoyed by the Sassanian court minstrels; and panegyr.ic became the major end of the Arabic qa$tdah, presented to the ruler on ceremonial occasions as well as utilized for the praise of lesser notables. II
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