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Arabian Satire
Arabian Satire

Arabian Satire

Poetry from 18th-Century Najd
Marcel Kurpershoek, Hmedan al-Shwe'ir
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Arabian Satire

Poetry from 18th-Century Najd
Marcel Kurpershoek, Hmedan al-Shwe'ir
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This lively volume collects poems by Hmedan al-Shwe'ir, who lived in Najd in the Arabian Peninsula shortly before the hegemony of the Wahhabi movement in the early 18th century.

A master of satire known for his ribald humor, self-deprecation, and invective verse ( hija ), Hmedan was acerbic in his criticisms of society and its morals, voiced in in a poetic idiom that is widely referred to as “Nabati,” here a mix of Najdi vernacular and archaic vocabulary and images dating back to the origins of Arabic poetry. In Arabian Satire, Hmedan is mostly concerned with worldly matters, and addresses these in different guises: as the patriarch at the helm of the family boat and its unruly crew; as a picaresque anti-hero who revels in taking potshots at the established order, its hypocrisy, and its moral failings; as a peasant who labors over his palm trees, often to no avail and with no guarantee of success; and as a poet recording in verse how he thinks things ought to be.

The poems in Arabian Satire reveal a plucky, headstrong, yet intensely socially committed figure—representative of the traditional Najdi ethos—who infuses his verse with proverbs, maxims, and words of wisdom expressed plainly and conversationally. Hmedan is accordingly quoted by historians of the Gulf region and in anthologies of popular sayings. This is the first full translation of this remarkable poet.

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Publisher
NYU Press
Year
2017
ISBN
9781479818730
Topic
Literature
Subtopic
Middle Eastern Literary Collections

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