By Reuven Snir, Abdul Kader El Janabi, Roger Allen
Baghdad: town in Verse captures the essence of existence lived in a single of the world's nice enduring metropolises. during this strange anthology, Reuven Snir bargains unique translations of greater than one hundred seventy Arabic poems--most of them showing for the 1st time in English--which characterize a cross-section of genres and kinds from the time of Baghdad's founding within the 8th century to the current day. the range of the fabled urban is mirrored within the Bedouin, Muslim, Christian, Kurdish, and Jewish poets featured right here, together with writers of significant renown and others whose paintings has survived yet whose names are misplaced to history.
Through the prism of those poems, readers glimpse many various Baghdads: town equipped on historical Sumerian ruins, the epicenter of Arab tradition and Islam's Golden Age lower than the enlightened rule of Harun al-Rashid, the bombed-out capital of Saddam Hussein's fallen regime, the yankee profession, and existence in a brand new yet volatile Iraq. With poets as our publications, we stopover at bazaars, gardens, wine events, love scenes (worldly and mystical), brothels, prisons, and palaces. Startling contrasts come to be the daily cacophony of city existence is juxtaposed with everlasting cycles of the Tigris, and hellish winds, mosquitoes, rain, floods, snow, and earthquakes are observed by means of somber reflections on invasions and different catastrophes.
Documenting the city's 1,250-year historical past, Baghdad: the town in Verse shows why poetry has been aptly referred to as the general public sign up of the Arabs.
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The present book would never have been written without Sharmila Sen’s strong belief that such a project should be carried out. She has been the motivational force behind this project and personally involved in this poetic enterprise over the last three years. Not only did she provide the idea for the book, Preface xxix but as editor, she has had a significant, active role in the process of selecting and revising the poems. I cannot fi nd words to thank her enough for having motivated me to take this wonderful journey in the realm of poetry written about Baghdad.
The maqamat themselves are a type of rhymed prose writing, eloquent and ornate that characteristically lapse into verse. All great writers of this genre wrote maqamat set in Baghdad as did Badi‘ al-Zaman alHamadhani (969–1007), his twelft h maqama called al-Maqama al-Baghdadhiyya (The Baghdadi Assembly), and another, his thirtieth maqama, called al-Rusafiyya (The Rusafa Assembly);51 and Abu Muhammad al-Hariri (1054–1122), his thirteenth maqama called al-Maqama al-Baghdadiyya (The Baghdadi Assembly),52 and so on.
In addition, my thanks for their help are due to Dr. Bassam Frangieh, professor of Arabic at Claremont McKenna College in California, and the writer and translator Stefan Weidner, editor-in-chief of Fikrun wa Fann / (Art &Thought), published by the Goethe-Institut. My gratitude also goes to the Baghdadi poet and scholar Dr. Sinan Antoon, professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University, for his valuable comments and for his suggestions for improving some poems. My thanks are also offered to Dr.
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