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Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī (–), known as Abū Nuwās was a classical Arabic poet. Born in the city of Ahvaz in modern-day Iran, to an Arab. For the first time ever, the khamriyyat – ‘wine songs’ – of Abbasid poet Abu Nuwas will be available in English as complete rhymes; animating. The poet in question was Abu Nuwas, whose historical exploits were later transformed into the almost magical, trickster-like antics of the legendary Abu Nuwas.

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Please note that our editors may make some nueas changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. A hole was pierced into her side, The wine began to seep, Mascara running with the tears, As when a young girl weeps.

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Vincent Mansour MonteilSindbad, Paris,p. He takes off on campaign and rides to attack Casting arrows and javelins; He hides the ardor of war, and his Attitude under fire is magnanimous. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. I got this from a library, but I need a copy so I can reread. Lampoon In Arabic literature: His most famous work is the “Book of Misers” which is a unique portrait gallery of human characters rich in their contradictions and ironies.

All I want is to sing your praises. Not only did Abu Nuwas take the traditional poetic form of the Qasida and write many poems in praise of wine, his main occupation was writing erotic poetry addressed to both men and women. Originally an academic scholar and professor, he was persuaded by a wandering Sufi mystic, Shams al-Din Tabrizi, to take up the Sufi life and put the love of God at the center of his existence.

Yousif rated it liked it Feb 25, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ibn Sina and other speculative thinkers such as al-Kindi and al-Farabi combined Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism with other ideas introduced through Islam.

Amin was finally overthrown by his puritanical brother, Al-Ma’munwho had no tolerance for Abu Nuwas. The poetry was the poetry of the tribe or clan, articulating its legends, heroes, geneology, iteration of its strong “tribal code” of norms and exploits.

Les mille et une nuits — The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night — Le livre des mille nuits et une nuit — Avicenna argued his famous “Floating Man” thought experiment, concerning self-awareness, where a man prevented of sense experience by being blindfolded and free falling would still be aware of his existence, perhaps a forerunner of Descartes “cogito ergo sum””I think therefore I am. So, you have this debate for centuries after the advent of Islam amongst theologians — does this count as tahrim?


Poems of Wine and Revelry: The Khamriyyat of Abu Nuwas

You are commenting using your WordPress. Leone Betts rated it really liked it Jan 17, There is little agreement on the precise causes of the decline in Arabic creativity and intellectual leadership ending the Islamic Golden Age, but in addition to the devastating invasion by the Mongols and crusaders with the destruction of libraries and madrasahs, it has also been suggested that political mismanagement and the stifling of “Ijtihad” independent reasoning in the 12th century in favor of institutionalised “Taqleed” imitation and uncritical following of precedent played a part.

If apple is but wine, solidified, And wine is apple, only liquefied, You’ll find, if drinking is not temporised, Substantial joy and pleasure, actualised! Thus it is required reading, at least in part, for any Citizen of the Republic of Letters or of the modern world, alongside the Bible, the Buddhist Sutras such as the Fire Sermon, the Bhagavad Gita and the Dao De Ching, as part of the common heritage of mankind.

Here are a few excerpts of his most beautiful poems on love and wine: Valletta International Baroque Festival. Internet URLs are the best.

Poems of Wine and Revelry: The Khamriyyat of Abu Nuwas by أبو نواس

Chiara rated it really liked it Mar 23, His death is a subject of legend, some saying he died in prison for writing blasphemous verse, others that he died in a whorehouse, some saying he was murdered in reprisal for lampooning a powerful court personage, and still others that he pketry peacefully in his sleep in the home of a learned Shi’ite scholar.

Please try again later. Bruno marked it as to-read Nov 14, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Get on with yourself, and drink a fine vintage instead: In modern usage, it embraces any of the Arabic-speaking peoples living in…. Poetgy is foiled by a cosmic quest of the protagonists intoa mythic dimension and a change of heart in the Iranian Supreme Leader following a visit of the Angel Jibreel Gabriel who commands him to “Open the Gates of Ijtihad” or creative reasoning against the tradition of blind precedent and conformity to the past as a means giving rebirth to the spirit of the lost Islamic Golden Age and preventing Armageddon and World War III.


Lamia rated it it was amazing Jul 22, I should add that translating anything from Arabic is a great accomplishment. Look not to find nuas Within a world so weakly stayed; This ancient crone, ere flouting thee, A thousand bridegrooms had betrayed. Since the early 20th century, when editions of his “complete” Diwan have been published in Arabic speaking countries, significant swathes of his work have disappeared.

Mona marked it as nuwad Apr 03, Not to accept that is to ignore the quite poetrry imagination of poettry poet and his unsurpassed mastery of Arabic.

Thank you for your feedback. They would also absorb ideas from China and India, adding to them tremendous knowledge from their own studies. Chennai Dance Music Festival.

Want to Read saving…. For a nomadic people such as the Bedoin Arabs, poetry was the main reservoir of the people’s knowledge and expression of their nuwae existence.

However, his poems on wine khamriyyathomosexual love mudhakkarat and ribaldry majouniyyat are his best known and have earned him his notoriety.

Thomas Aquinas, for example, gained crucial familiarity with the works of Aristotle through translations into Arabic and then into Latin accompanied by the commentary of the great Muslim Aristotelian scholar Ibn Sina Avicenna.

Ina crater on the planet Mercury was named in honor of Abu Nuwas. He pioneered the genres of Khamriyyat wine poetry and Ghazal love poetry as ppetry took off during the Abbassid caliphate. No one can understand English or American Literature without familiarity with the King James and other versions of the Bible, the words, phrases, style and stories and themes of which permeate and recur in Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, and a thousand believing and unbelieving authors and works.

Abu Nuwas: the controversial poet and his most beautiful verses

Part of the plot of the novel involves a geopolitical conspiracy of an allied China-Russia-Iran to execute a Pearl Harbor-like sneak attack invasion of the Middle-East oil reserves to sever the “oil jugular” of the West, leading to a threatened WWIII. To ask other readers questions about Poems of Wine and Revelryplease sign up. I love this theme, it is so more than just wine but wine would be enough In earlier times in the Moslem lands, famous Iranian and Arab poets such as Hafiz i-Shirazi and Abu Nuwas praised and rued the charms of boys whom they plied with wine and seduced.