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This book shows how colloquial Bedouin poetry remains a vibrant art that has manifold modern functions: commenting on world affairs (such as the Arab-Israeli wars, the Gulf War, the American invasion of Iraq); criticising the domestic policies of Arab states; and, highlighting poverty, discrimination, the corrupt practices of officialdom, and compliant local media. Each of the forty-one poems presented within this book is transliterated and translated into English verse, with historical and contextual annotation. The tone is sometimes bitter, sometimes satirical, sometimes scurrilous, and often amusing. The poems are prefaced by an essay on the practice of modern Bedouin poetry. This book is completed by appendices containing the Arabic script versions of the poems, extensive language notes, and a glossary of the vocabulary.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780863723384
ISBN-10: 0863723381
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 23mm)
Pages: 372
Imprint: Ithaca Press
Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Professor Clive Holes

Clive Holes, Ph.D. (1981) in Linguistics, University of Cambridge, is Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World at the University of Oxford. He has published widely on the Arabic language and its dialects, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. Said Salman Abu Athera (Ph.D. Glasgow, 1995) is an independent researcher into Bedouin poetry and culture, who has published and broadcast extensively in Arabic and acted as a consultant for UNESCO. He is a founder member of the Jordanian National Committee for Cultural Heritage, and established the Centre for the Preservation of Bedouin Culture, a non-profit NGO.

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