The case of Plagiarism in the perspective of innovation: a theoretical study in the light of the ancient critical and Arab heritage
Plagiarism or the literary theft has been the most significant problem of the Arabic poetry from the ancient ages. Particularly in the ignorant era before Islam the theft of meanings and words was declared as the moral fault and the accused was devalued and degraded from his status. They used to throw this calumny on the rival poets in order to degrade them, so it was a common tool in the hands of the critics against their opponents, and every one could enter in this field without perfection. But in the next centuries, the accurate approach was established about the plagiarism in poetry as Jahis said that the meanings and ideas are the common things scattered in the path and everyone has right on them. Likewise Jahis, other critics of the next ages also justified the plagiarism of thoughts in some conditions seeking the new aspects of this literary theft to adopt a positive approach towards it. The matter is to compose and innovate the words, similes, and ideas. They also developed a methodical way to point out this fault. The prominent figures among these scholars are Amdi, Jurjani, Sooli, Hatmi, al-jomahi, and Ibne Qutaiba.
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