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By Reuven Snir, Abdul Kader El Janabi, Roger Allen

Baghdad: town in Verse captures the essence of existence lived in a single of the world's nice enduring metropolises. during this strange anthology, Reuven Snir bargains unique translations of greater than a hundred and seventy Arabic poems--most of them showing for the 1st time in English--which signify a cross-section of genres and kinds from the time of Baghdad's founding within the 8th century to the current day. the variety of the fabled urban is mirrored within the Bedouin, Muslim, Christian, Kurdish, and Jewish poets featured the following, together with writers of serious renown and others whose paintings has survived yet whose names are misplaced to history.

Through the prism of those poems, readers glimpse many various Baghdads: the town outfitted on historic Sumerian ruins, the epicenter of Arab tradition and Islam's Golden Age below the enlightened rule of Harun al-Rashid, the bombed-out capital of Saddam Hussein's fallen regime, the yankee profession, and lifestyles in a brand new yet volatile Iraq. With poets as our courses, we stopover at bazaars, gardens, wine events, love scenes (worldly and mystical), brothels, prisons, and palaces. Startling contrasts grow to be the day by day cacophony of city lifestyles is juxtaposed with everlasting cycles of the Tigris, and hellish winds, mosquitoes, rain, floods, snow, and earthquakes are observed via somber reflections on invasions and different catastrophes.

Documenting the city's 1,250-year historical past, Baghdad: the town in Verse shows why poetry has been aptly referred to as the general public sign up of the Arabs.

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And I thank Dr. Susan Einbinder, professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, for her moral support and good advice throughout the project. Th is has been one of the most enjoyable projects of my academic career. The whole process of researching, selecting, Preface xxxi and translating was very pleasurable, and the results are the fruit of pure love. My hope is that the present anthology succeeds in capturing the spirit of Baghdad throughout her history.

Starting the research for the book, I was amazed to fi nd hundreds of poems about Baghdad, in both classical and modern sources, as well as in sundry poetry collections. Some of these poems were written by Baghdadi poets, others by “transient,” actual or virtual, denizens of Baghdad, all great lovers of this fabled city. The task of selecting the poems for the anthology was very difficult; so were the attempts to strike a balance between different periods, particularly between the fi rst centuries after the founding of Baghdad and the twentieth century, when Baghdad, for different reasons, became once more a central topic for Arab and international audiences.

Readers who wish to locate the Arabic poems are encouraged to consult the References list. For the medieval period, if the diwan (complete works) of a poet is not mentioned in the list, the poem is probably found in at least one of the following sources: al-Tha‘alibi 1885; al-Khatib al-Baghdadi 1931; al-Subaki 1964–68; al-Washsha’ 1965; al-Kutubi 1974; al-Suyuti 1976; Sa‘di 1980; al-Alusi 1987; alDhahabi 1988–2004; Yaqut 1990; Ibn Taghribirdi 1992; Matlub 1994; al-Isfahani 1997; Marun 1997; ‘Abd al-Rahim 2003; alJazrawi 2005; al-Jawari 2006; Ibn al-Fuwati 2003; Ibn al-Fuwati 2008; al-Mashhadani 2009; ‘Awwad 2010.

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