Classical poems by Arab women

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Saqi Books, 1999 - Poetry - 240 pages
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This is a collection of poetry by Arab women from the Jahiliyya (pre-Islamic era) to the Andalusian period. The poems are excursions into the women's vibrant world whose humanity has been suppressed for centuries by religious and political bigotry; an affirmation of the women's belief in themselves as free spirits who are the equals of men and have the will to lead a life of their own choice. They celebrate the triumph of feminine wit over the arrogance of muscle power. Classical Poems by Arab Women shows, for the first time, the unseen sparks of Arab women's innermost emotions. This is a bilingual edition in which the English version appears facing the Arabic original.

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Abdullah al-Udhari studied classical Arab literature and Sabaean epigraphy at London University, and received a doctorate for his pioneering study, Jahili Poetry before Imru al-Qais, which established him as an authority on early Jahili literature. A literary historian, poet and storyteller, he is the author of Victims of a Map and Modern Poetry of the Arab World.

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