Society, Religion, and Poetry in Pre-Islamic Arabia (Anglais) Broché – 7 avril 2010
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Inspired by authors R.A. Nicholson on Arabic literature and poetry and Ifran Shahid, a professor at Georgetown University, on Arabian history during the 4th through 7th centuries, as well as demonstrating a fascination with the Hanging Odes, Mumayiz was motivated to translate and pen his momentous book. Part One contains extensive research, featuring seven essays on pre-Islamic Arabia and its devotion to Christianity. Part Two is the poetic translation of the famous Seven Hanging Odes--the Mu'allaqat--of pre-Islamic Arabia.
Mumayiz's work reveals the beauty found in pre-Islamic verse, which is widely unknown to many. The Mu'allaqat is the crown jewel of a poetic tradition that evolved through six centuries, and whose deeper roots date back to biblical times. Mumayiz divulges that today, in the Arab world, the Mu'allaqat are highly valued with a religious dedication, and while it is studied in schools and universities, it is primarily "learnt by heart as models of unapproachable excellence."
Mumayiz engages his readers with pre-Islamic history and culture in Part One, then transitions into the fascinating poetry of Part Two. His text is fluid and imparts a wealth of understanding to his reader. This work reflects all aspects of masterful inscription and incorporates an astounding realization that the pre-Islamic Arabian way of life had much to offer.
A non-fictional story of prophets, eloquence, poetry, a civilization and its heart--Ibrahim Mumayiz delivers a book that is rich and enlightening. It can open your eyes to a world that may be unfamiliar to you, or fill you with an appreciation for a love sometimes forgotten--the love of verse.
In this time of global war and division, it's refreshing to see these inspiring verses that could otherwise go unnoticed. The book is organized into two parts. Seven essays about pre-Islamic Arabia comprise Part One, and the poetic translation of the famous Seven Hanging Odes, also dating back to pre-Islamic Arabia, comprises Part Two.
Dr. Mumayiz's experience as an academic writer and researcher provides a thorough lesson for us, by presenting an historical perspective, so the reader can better appreciate this literature. Together, these two parts of the book provide a window into one of the most fascinating ancient cultures. By offering a look into its people's lives through their literature, the reader is able to gain an interesting perspective of this period. This book offers guidance for all who are on a journey of knowledge and spiritual enlightenment.
The son of a diplomat, Ibrahim Mumayiz creates an astounding book of knowledge as well as a volume of translations. There is a wealth of supplemental information that provides an historical backdrop for the seven essays and for the famous Seven Hanging Odes. In an easy to read manner, the author successfully provides a mosaic of information to accompany some of the period's most important pieces of literature.
From the introduction to the final page, you'll find a book teeming with information in Society, Religion & Poetry in Pre-Islamic Arabia. The background information is as fascinating as the ancient writing itself, as the author expertly examines the families, tempests, and everyday events of pre-Islamic Arabian life. The English translation further cements the importance and beauty of this literature. Highly recommended for both history buffs and poetry lovers.
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