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Classical Poems by Arab Women : A Bilingual Anthology,9780863560477

Classical Poems by Arab Women : A Bilingual Anthology

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Format: Trade Paper
Pub. Date: 2/3/2000
Publisher(s): Al Saqi
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Abdullah al-Udhari is a literary historian, poet and storyteller, and the author of Voice Without Passport, The Arab Creation Myth, Victims of a Map, and Modern Poetry of the Arab World.

Table of Contents

Introduction 13(26)
The Jahiliyya (4000 BCE - 622 CE)
Mahd al-Aadiyya
I see people
26(4)
Afira bint Abbad
No one can
30(2)
What's become
32(2)
Laila bint Lukaiz
I wish
34(4)
Jalila bint Murra
Noble lady
38(4)
Umama bint Kulaib
You waste your time
42(2)
Safiyya bint Khalid al-Bahiliyya
We were twinshoots
44(2)
Juhaifa Addibabiyya
What a man
46(2)
Umm Khalid Annumairiyya
The morning
48(2)
Ishraqa al-Muharibiyya
All lovers
50(2)
Umm Addahak al-Muharibiyya
Rider
52(2)
The contentment
54(2)
Anonymous
You don't satisfy
56(2)
Khansa
Time
58(2)
The rising
60(4)
The Islam Period (622-661)
Fatima bint Muhammad
Those who smell the soil
64(2)
The sky turned grey
66(2)
We miss you
68(2)
When you were around
70(2)
Anonymous
Judge of sensible verdicts
72(4)
The Umayyad Period (661-750)
Laila bint Sa'd al-Aamiriyya
I have been through
76(2)
Maisun bint Bahdal
I'd rather be
78(2)
Laila al-Akhyaliyya
Don't tell me
80(2)
Hajjaj
82(2)
Dahna bint Mas-hal
Lay off
84(2)
Bint al-Hubab
Why should you beat me
86(2)
Why are you raving mad
88(2)
Umm al-Ward al-Ajlaniyya
If you want to know
90(2)
Anonymous
My little boy's smell
92(2)
Anonymous
Why doesn't Abu Hazm come home
94(2)
Umaima Addumainiyya
You promised
96(4)
The Abbasid Period (750-1258)
Hajna bint Nusaib
Commander of the faithful
100(2)
Raabi`a al-Adwiyya
I put you in my heart
102(2)
I love you a double love
104(2)
Laila bint Tarif
On the hill of Nubatha
106(2)
Ulayya bint al-Mahdi
Lord, it's not a crime
108(2)
I held back
110(2)
We hint
112(2)
My love
114(2)
Dress the water
116(2)
Love thrives
118(2)
Lubana bint Ali ibn al-Mahdi
Oh hero
120(2)
Anonymous
Grave tenant
122(2)
Inan
If my days
124(2)
Aasiya al-Baghdadiyya
They said
126(2)
Zahra al-Kilabiyya
I keep my passion
128(2)
Aa'isha bint al-Mu`tasim
I read your poem
130(2)
Fadl Ashsha`ira
Riding beasts
132(2)
Zabba bint Umair ibn al-Muwarriq
I have been free
134(2)
Juml
Juml
136(2)
Umm Ja'far bint Ali
Leave me alone
138(2)
Arib al-Ma'muniyya
To you
140(2)
Thawab bint Abdullah al-Hanzaliyya
Your manhood
142(2)
Salma bint al-Qaratisi
My eyes outshine
144(2)
Safiyya al-Baghdadiyya
I am the wonder
146(2)
Tiqiyya Umm Ali
There is nothing good
148(2)
If there was a way
150(2)
Shamsa al-Mawsiliyya
She sways
152(4)
The Andalus Period (711-1492)
Hafsa bint Hamdun
I have
156(2)
Ibn Jamil's
158(2)
Aa'isha bint Ahmad al-Qurtubiyya
I am a lioness
160(2)
Mariam bint Abu Ya`qub
What is there
162(2)
Umm al-Kiram bint al-Mu`tasim ibn Sumadih
I would give my life
164(2)
Come and see
166(2)
Umm al-Ala bint Yusuf
Listen to me
168(2)
The dewy reeds
170(2)
If love and song
172(2)
Whatever you do
174(2)
Khadija bint Ahmad ibn Kulthum al-Mu`afiri
They brought us
176(2)
Qasmuna bint Isma`il ibn Yusuf ibn Annaghrila
I see a garden
178(2)
Gazelle
180(2)
Ghassaniyya al-Bajjaniyya
I knew him
182(2)
Wallada bint al-Mustakfi
By Allah
184(2)
Come
186(2)
If you were faithful
188(2)
Ibn Zaidun, in spite
190(2)
Ibn Zaidun, though
192(2)
Is there a way
194(2)
I`timad Arrumaikiyya
I urge you to come
196(2)
Muhja bint Attayyani al-Qurtubiyya
I thought your name
198(2)
Nazhun al-Gharnatiyya
I put you up
200(2)
Bless those wonderful nights
202(2)
Amat al-Aziz
Your eyes thrill
204(2)
Buthaina bint al-Mu`tamid ibn Abbad
Listen to my words
206(2)
Hind
Noble Lord
208(2)
Umm al-Hana bint Abdulhaqq ibn Atiyya
My love
210(2)
Hafsa bint al-Hajj Arrakuniyya
Ask the lightning
212(2)
I'm Jealous
214(2)
I know too well
216(2)
The girl with the gazelle neck
218(2)
If you were not a star
220(2)
I send my earthrilling poems
222(2)
When we walked
224(2)
Shall I call
226(2)
I send salaams
228(2)
They killed my love
230(2)
Ashshilbiyya
It's time
232(2)
Aa'isha al-Iskandraniyya
If your heart
234(2)
Hamda bint Ziyad
My tears
236(2)
The tonguestingers
238(2)
Umm Assa`d bint Isam al-Himyari
I will kiss
240

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