Splitting the Moon: A Collection of Islamic Poetry

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Splitting the Moon: A Collection of Islamic Poetry

Splitting the Moon: A Collection of Islamic Poetry

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Between the years 1938–1948, the Surrealist Cairo-based anti-fascist artistic Art et Liberté group was active, under the leadership of the poet Georges Henein. The more settled, comfortable and luxurious life in Umayyad courts led to a greater emphasis on the ghazal or love poem. Poetry, in fact, was instrumental in the development of the Arabic language, with its formal grammar being first set out by the poets living on the Arabian Peninsula.

The most widely read in the contemporary Middle East, [46] Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani wrote during the 1950s and 1960s on social protest and politics, and even addressed less political themes in favour love poetry, but was regarded as a cultural icon and his poems provide the lyrics for many popular songs. These poems and features examine Muslim faith and Islamic culture and address important events, holidays, and occasions such as Ramadan.In 2016 he was named as the “Best Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences” at the Middle East Education Leadership Awards.

The overall corpus of their work is amazingly diverse, beginning as an oral tradition among the Bedouin, taking a more definite written form beginning in the 6th century CE, joined in the centuries immediately following by Islamic verse, and blending those traditions with others in truly magical ways ever since. This tradition allowed the transmission of these poetic works and the practice was later adopted by the huffaz for their memorisation of the Qur'an.The latter won the prestigious prize of “Best International Non-Fiction Book” at the 2021 Sharjah International Book Awards.

The topics of Punjabi poetry range from romances to satires, because they are mostly written by villagers and those influenced by the village lifestyle. Rumi did not reject Islamic law; but he did, like al-Ghazali before him, begin to criticise some jurists (fuqaha) for seeing nothing in religion but strict observance of ritual. It is fairly likely that he was a learned religious man too, for his abbreviated name is also a title that refers to a person who has memorised the Qur'an by rote. Those rock art inscriptions harbor many secrets yet to be unraveled, at least some of them likely related—it seems—to poetry associated with the Bedouin oral tradition.The only way to recover from a satirical insult delivered in poetry was to respond in kind, which meant naqa'id, or satirical duels involving exchanges of poems, were a distinctive part of early Arabic poetry. Your love and passion towards spirituality and Allah Almighty is depicted in the Islamic Poetry section. Many of those texts were inscribed on rocks scattered about the ancient lava flows or harrahs common to the region.

Obviously, translations come in many shades and hues, and even if the translator colours the original meaning of the poem, the essential truths remain. Splitting the Moon tracks scholar and author Dr Joel Hayward's intriguing journey into Islam, his fascination with the mysteries of faith, his experiences and observations as a Western Muslim, and his thoughts on the state of the Ummah (Islamic community) today. There are several characteristics that distinguish pre-Islamic poetry from the poetry of later times. Another theme present throughout Punjabi poetry is the paradoxical idea of life and how although wealth and knowledge is presented to a person, it is that wealth and knowledge that can distance them from the real meaning and truth of life.It is also known as "vertical poetry" in reference to its vertical parallel structure of its two parts.



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