Arabian Romantic : Poems on Bedouin Life and Love / ʿAbdallah ibn Sbayyil; Marcel Kurpershoek.
- New York, NY : New York University Press, 
- Library of Arabic Literature ; 33
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- Arabic poetry -- 20th century.
- In English.
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- Love poems from late nineteenth-century Arabia Arabian Romantic captures what it was like to live in central Arabia before the imposition of austere norms by the Wahhabi authorities in the early twentieth century: tales of robbery and hot pursuit; perilous desert crossings; scenes of exhaustion and chaos when water is raised from deep wells under harsh conditions; the distress of wounded and worn-out animals on the brink of perdition; once proud warriors who are at the mercy of their enemy on the field of battle. Such images lend poignancy to the suffering of the poet's love-stricken heart, while also painting a vivid portrait of typical Bedouin life. Ibn Sbayyil (ca. 1853-1933), a town dweller from the Najd region of the Arabian Peninsula, was a key figure in the Nabati poetic tradition. His poetry, which is still recited today, broke with the artifice of the preceding generation by combining inherited idiom and original touches reflecting his environment. Translated into English for the first time by Marcel Kurpershoek, Arabian Romantic will delight readers with a poetry that is direct, fluent, and expressive, and that has entertained Arabic speakers for over a century.
Letter from the General Editor
Table of Contents
Map: Northern Central Arabia
A Note on the Text
Notes to the Introduction
Index of Poems, Editions, and Manuscripts Used for this Edition
About the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
About the Typefaces
Titles Published by the Library of Arabic Literature
About the Editor-Translator
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jun 2020)
- Kurpershoek, P. M., editor., Editor,
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.18574/9781479866861 doi
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