Art & Language in Pre-Islamic Arabia
It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that Arabs had no particular art. The architecture and subsequent arc emanate when the populations live together such as Mughals, Romans, or Persians. On the other hand, Arabs were nomads and were fond of tribalism.
One thing they were proud of though was their language. The Arabic language’s origins are unknown, but it is assumed it was borne because Bedouins as well as the city dwellers were frequently travelling. For this they needed a uniform language.
Poetry, also, held an esteemed position in pre-Islamic society. A lot of them were poets to some extent. Fairs were held where along with exchange of goods, a poetry competition was held. The winners were awarded.
Poets gained significance because they stood on the front of the battlefields. They fought with their tongues.
But the poetry didn’t belong to Arab nation as much as it associated itself with Arab tribes. Every tribe had its own poets. They sang and recited plaudit for the tribe of its customs, traditions, shaikhs, and war prowess.