Kalila Wa Dimna, Or, The Mirror for Princes
Set in Iraq c. 750 AD, at the dawn of the Abbasid revolution, the poet, wit and radical reformer Ibn Al-Muqaffa is battling against fervent revolutionaries, heretic poets, religious propagandists and a ruler who names himself none other than 'God's shadow on earth'.
Part history, part political fable, part personal tragedy, this new drama explores the creation of one of the masterpieces of Eastern literature, Kalila wa Dimna or The Mirror for Princes, through the life of its most important scribe.
Sulayman Al-Bassam's play appeared at the Barbican, London and the Tokyo International Arts Festival, Japan.
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Abbasid ABDUL HAMEED ABDULLAH ABDULLAH IBN AL-MUQAFFA ABRASH ABU MUSLIM Al-Anbar Al-Mansour's uncle AL-SAFFAH animals Arab ASIA asked Baghdad Bashar Ibn Burd blood BULL Calipha Calipha's ears Calipha's right carpet child colossus councillor court Damascus dead Dimna the Jackal door Dynasty empire End of Act enemies Enter AL-MANSOUR Enter RABIH Exit SUFYAN eyes Faithful father give God's gold Governor of Basra heresy heretics hide House of Muhammed IBN AL-MUQAFFA Iraq Islamic JUDGE Kalila wa Dimna Khurasan killed Kings Koran Kufa Line of Muhammed LION listening look Lord maniacs Mansour Marwan Mazdak Mirbid MUQAFFA nephew night palace Persian poet prison Rawzabah Revolution right hand Rulers saffron Sasannian SCENE scribe slave SOLDIER soul speak spies stop SULAIMAN Sulayman Al-Bassam sword Syria Tabaristan tell tent terrified thousand tongue Ummayid WALIBA What's whore wine word write zindiq