Category Archives: Arabic poetry

Sir Burton’s Recipe for Love, from 1001 Nights

A Story about Love and Friendship for Valentine’s Day: First published 5 March 2011; revised 8 Feb. 2003 Prior to Richard Burton’s years of exploits in Africa, while stationed in India, he learned Arabic and studied widely both religious and … Continue reading

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The Case for Cats in Islam and A Medieval Cat Poem from Cairo

Cats were – and still are – well appreciated in the Middle East and, as discussed further on, are favorably described in the Qur’an and Hadith.   A charming poem written by Abu ‘Amir al-Fadl ibn Isma’il al-Tamimi al-Jurjani (d. 458/1065) exalts his cat. The … Continue reading

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The Damascene Collar of the Dove

Thoughts on Syria by Mahmoud Darwish Section V of “The Damascene Collar of the Dove” by Mahmoud Darwish: In Damascus:     the traveler sings to himself:        ”  I return from Syria          ”   neither alive            ”     nor … Continue reading

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