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Obstinate Tears: Love and Betrayal in the Work of Abu Firas

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Date(s) - 07/12/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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2018 Poetry and Prose Series
SQCC’s Poetry & Prose is a reading series featuring renowned Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies professors, Arabic literature enthusiasts, and other well-known Arabic poets and writers.
OBSTINATE TEARS:
LOVE AND BETRAYAL IN ABU FIRAS
AL-HAMDANI’S ARĀKA ʿAṢIYYA AL-DAMʿI
A presentation by Dr. Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych,
Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Professor of Arabic & Islamic Studies, Georgetown University
Thursday, 12 July
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public, RSVP required.
rsvp@sqcc.org with the subject “Poetry – Full Name”
“Abu Firas al-Hamdani, “‘Araka ‘asiyya al-dam’i'” by the Syrian artist Ahmad Moualla
Dr. Stetkevych will present a poem for the Arab warrior-prince Abu Firas al-Hamdani (932-968 CE). The title of the poem is Arāka ʿaṣiyya al-damʿi (I see that you refuse to weep) which has been for centuries the most celebrated poem of Abu Firas al-Hamdani. It counts as one of his renowned Rumiyyat, the poetic pleas he composed while a prisoner of the Byzantines, urging his cousin, the emir Sayf al-Dawlah of Aleppo, to pay his ransom and secure his release.
Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych, Ph.D. is Sultan Qaboos bin Said Professor of Arabic & Islamic Studies Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University and Ruth N. Halls Emerita Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She holds the B.A. degree in Art History from Wellesley College (1972) and the Ph.D. in Arabic Literature from The University of Chicago (1981). Her research is primarily concerned with the ritual, performance and performative underpinnings of Classical Arabic Poetry in its literary-historical settings.
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