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Abu Nuwas, the pre-eminent bacchic bard of the classical Arabic canon, was loved and reviled in equal measure for his lyrical celebration of Abbasid Baghdad's dissolute nightlife, his cutting satires of religion and the clergy, and the extraordinary range and virtuosity of his literary talent. Vintage Humour contains 125 translations, each replicating the monorhyme scheme o Abu Nuwas, the pre-eminent bacchic bard of the classical Arabic canon, was loved and reviled in equal measure for his lyrical celebration of Abbasid Baghdad's dissolute nightlife, his cutting satires of religion and the clergy, and the extraordinary range and virtuosity of his literary talent. Vintage Humour contains 125 translations, each replicating the monorhyme scheme of the originals, with commentary where appropriate, a brief history of the poet's life and times, and a glossary of the key themes, motifs, and running jokes of the poems themselves. Based on extensive research with both Arabic and English source materials, Vintage Humour is an illuminating collection, of interest to both general and informed readers with an interest in Islamic studies, Arabic literature, and the history of Iraq and the Middle East.


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Abu Nuwas, the pre-eminent bacchic bard of the classical Arabic canon, was loved and reviled in equal measure for his lyrical celebration of Abbasid Baghdad's dissolute nightlife, his cutting satires of religion and the clergy, and the extraordinary range and virtuosity of his literary talent. Vintage Humour contains 125 translations, each replicating the monorhyme scheme o Abu Nuwas, the pre-eminent bacchic bard of the classical Arabic canon, was loved and reviled in equal measure for his lyrical celebration of Abbasid Baghdad's dissolute nightlife, his cutting satires of religion and the clergy, and the extraordinary range and virtuosity of his literary talent. Vintage Humour contains 125 translations, each replicating the monorhyme scheme of the originals, with commentary where appropriate, a brief history of the poet's life and times, and a glossary of the key themes, motifs, and running jokes of the poems themselves. Based on extensive research with both Arabic and English source materials, Vintage Humour is an illuminating collection, of interest to both general and informed readers with an interest in Islamic studies, Arabic literature, and the history of Iraq and the Middle East.

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    A brief collection of the wine poet's most known and satisfying pieces. In readable English and many elegant resolutions. Its introduction and system of notes serve as a crash course in Abu Nuwas's repertoire, era, and mentality. Very useful in conjuring the expired world of Iraqi-Iranian-Syrian piety negated by the human capacities for merry-making, humour, and aesthetic taste. Makes one wish to see the Arabic text aerially dispatched over all the scorched lands recently held and debased by the A brief collection of the wine poet's most known and satisfying pieces. In readable English and many elegant resolutions. Its introduction and system of notes serve as a crash course in Abu Nuwas's repertoire, era, and mentality. Very useful in conjuring the expired world of Iraqi-Iranian-Syrian piety negated by the human capacities for merry-making, humour, and aesthetic taste. Makes one wish to see the Arabic text aerially dispatched over all the scorched lands recently held and debased by the Islamic State. A true lease of life would undoubtedly immediately take hold of its people and culture.

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