The Origins of (or Mythology behind) Arabic Ghazal form:
1] Bernard M. Jackson has an excellent introduction to the origins of 'The Ghazal - A Poem of Passion' on p.38 of the latest edition of Quantum Leap (ed. Alan Carter), issue No. 51 for August 2010.
2] Gino Peregrini has brought out his Arabic Challenge edition of The Ghazal Page.
Compose an Arabic Ghazal! Instructions can be found here:
You will find Gino's edition here, along with a description of the form (and here).
My published example:
in the Arabic Challenge edition of The Ghazal Page: 'A Lonely Soul'*.
* ref. [8/2010]