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Samih Al-Qasim and Poetry of Resistance

Samih Al-Qasim and Poetry of Resistance

You men! You women! You sheiks and rabbis and cardinals! And, you, nurses and textile workers! You have waited so long And the postman has not knocked on your door Bringing you the letters you desire … You men! You women! Do not wait. Do not wait! Take off your sleeping clothes And write to yourselves The letters you desire Samih Al-Qasim; renowned Palestinian poet and one of the the famed “resistance poets” passed away today (August 19, 2014) after a long battle with cancer. The last interview Samih al-Qasim … Read entire article »

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Two Poems By Khalil Hawi

Two Poems By Khalil Hawi

The Cave I have known how the minutes stretch their legs How they freeze, and change into ages I have come to a cave on the seashore My forehead is branded A night has hardened on the rocks I have left the seahorses to chew My entrails And scatter them in space I have seen the horror of boats breaking While the echo fell Vainly through a labyrinth of echoes Casting over my eyes a spell of darkness: In the wind it howls, begs, and falls at last. The … Read entire article »

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The War on Abu Tammam

The War on Abu Tammam

News from Iraq has revealed that Militant Islamists, with strict Salafi interpretations of Islam deeming the veneration of tombs to be idolatrous, have destroyed the statue of the Poet Abu Tammam in addition to the statues of Othman al-Mousuli, a 19th Century Iraqi musician and composer and Ibn al-Athir’s, an Arab philosopher. Why would anybody attack,deface,or destroy a statue of a poet (who is not technically worshiped)? The conventional knowledge about Abu Tammam’s poetry and life … Read entire article »

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The Man Who Drummed at Midnight / Rumi

The Man Who Drummed at Midnight / Rumi

A Minstrel was drumming outside a palace at midnight, announcing the meal that was normally taken at daybreak during Ramadan. While he beat his drum vigorously in the middle of the night, another man came to him and asked why he would make such a din in the middle of the night, and also whether he had considered if there was anyone in the palace in the first place. Why are you trifling your time away? Beating … Read entire article »

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A Portrait of the Intellectual as a Porter / Abdelfattah Kilito

A Portrait of the Intellectual as a Porter / Abdelfattah Kilito

In the present text, I will address al-Muthanna—a term borrowed from Arabic grammar, referring to a relation of duality in Edward Said’s work, and in particular, al-Muthanna at the linguistic level. Needless to say, the title of this essay is inspired by James Joyce’s famous novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916). I was led to this link by the fact that Edward Said refers frequently to the Irish writer with whom … Read entire article »

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The Prisoner / Remah Jabr

The Prisoner / Remah Jabr

“The Prisoner” is based on two monologues: the first is narrated by the prisoner himself and the second by his girlfriend. First performed in Brussels, Belgium on May 1, 2014. Do you think I am not social? I know that I have problems with communicating yes, that’s true, I agree I am not social, but people don’t help me to be social, people help me to be unsocial when I meet people for the first time, usually I find them … Read entire article »

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Napoleon’s Infancy / Jamal Juma

Napoleon’s Infancy / Jamal Juma

Once I had paper I did not know how to use. I covered it with blue sadness. Once I had fingers pointing to all, saying: Bang! but nobody died. Wild-goats of suffering running in the field of pleasure. I neither say cease, nor despise them. I was created from clay And molded by dullness ever since I’ve been longing for freedom of the mud. I dislike the sun because it dies daily and dislike the sun because it does not last long. Once I had paper I cut into little letters and scattered into … Read entire article »

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Ibn Qayyim’s Theory of Love

Ibn Qayyim’s Theory of Love

The book (theory) to be discussed here is the one entitled Rawdet Al Mauhebeen Wa Nuzhat Al Moshtaqeen (روضة المحبين ونزهة المشتاقين), by Muhammad Bin Abi Baker Shams Aldeen, Ibn Qayyim Al Jawzeya (691-751 AH). The author was one of the most famous pillars of reform in the Islamic World. Ibn Al Jawzeya excelled at authoring the aforementioned. This book was classified in some old and recent critics as the best book written on passion because … Read entire article »

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The poster was still there / Remah Jaber

The poster was still there / Remah Jaber

My Name is Remah, I am 10 years old, I am very clever at school, I can do my homework very fast. I eat lunch with my parents, after that I play, I play, I play, until its very dark. Our house is not that big, but it’s nice and warm. Every day my sweet father holds my hand and walks me to school, where he leaves me at the gate. My friends at school tell me that … Read entire article »

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The Song of Abraham in Fire / Ahmad Shamlu

The Song of Abraham in Fire / Ahmad Shamlu

Under the bloody tumbling of twilight there stands a man of another kind, who wanted the land to be green, who wanted love to be worthy of the most beautiful of women; For this to him was not so worthless an offer as to become dust and stone. What a man! what a man! who said,”better for the heart to sink in blood by the seven swords of love; and better for the lips to utter the most beautiful name. And a mountain-like hero, thus in … Read entire article »

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