Poems of Muslim Faith and Islamic Culture

A collection of poems,prose,and audio and video recordings that explore Islamic culture.
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These poems and features examine Muslim faith and Islamic culture and address important yabo体育app软件events,holidays,and occasions such as Ramadan.These poets explore a range of spiritual,literary,and political concerns from the 6th century to the present day.Some poets' voices emerge from the East (Mahmoud DarwishandSaadi Youssef),others from the West (June JordanandThomas Merton).Most turn to poetry as the ideal forum to complicate simplistic East-West divisions—learning,questioning,sparking cultural conversation,and speaking from whatNomi Stonecalls"[t]his quiet voice that is borrowed or my own.""

  • Agha Shahid Ali

    Ali,both a Kashmiri Muslim and U.S.National Book Award finalist,depicts ordinary activities in the intervals between salāh,the five-times-daily ritual prayer central to both Sunni and Shi'a Islam.

  • Mahmoud Darwish

    Palestinian exile Darwish's speaker willingly loses his sense of individuality,time,and even gravity within the ancient walls of Jerusalem as he experiences the power of the city,one of the holiest for Muslims,Jews,and Christians.

  • Carol Muske-Dukes

    Sparked by the imagined sound of the muezzin,the person who calls the community to salāh at dawn,Muske-Dukes' traveler tries to make sense of cultural and religious phantasms,the people and rituals banished by the effects of war.

  • Imru'al-qays

    Translator Seidel describes his take on this 6th-century poem as a"cross-species salute": less straight translation than a borrowing of Imru' al-Qays'"monorhymes"and"magnificence,""Mu'allaqa"demonstrates the formal influence of canonical Arabic literature on an American author.

  • June Jordan

    Jordan,who called her engagement with Middle Eastern unrest"the moral litmus test of [her] life,"both voices and critiques a typical Westerner's frustration with media reports from the Islamic world as she strives to create an alternative discourse through poetry.

  • Naomi Shihab Nye

    Nye,who grew up in San Antonio and Jerusalem,sketches vignettes of the praying methods of Muslim shepherds,embroiderers,and pilgrims in the title poem from her first book.

  • Nomi Stone

    In a meditation on faith and communication,Stone gives an account of a non-Muslim's attempt to observe Ramadan while living within a traditional Jewish community in Tunisia.

  • Saadi Youssef

    Iraq-born poet Youssef's speaker's strident address to America highlights the ways in which religion and conflict become bound up in one another in concepts such as"God's soldiers.""

  • Fady Joudah
  • Khaled Mattawa
  • Kazim Ali
  • Mahmoud Darwish
  • Hayan Charara
  • Fady Joudah
  • Taha Muhammad Ali
  • Khaled Mattawa
  • Rachel Aviv

    What's lost in translation doesn't hurt this poet's popularity.

  • Jane Creighton

    Remembering June Jordan.

  • Ange Mlinko

    Is there such a thing as a"global poet"??

  • Alex Dueben

    Fady Joudah is known as much for his own verse as for his translations of Palestinian poets.