Best Seller: War Songs by ʿAntarah ibn Shaddād

Love poems and battle written by the legendary Arabian warrior
From the highlands of the sixth century of Najd in Najd, in the Arabian peninsula in the Arabian peninsula, just before the rise of Islam as it was then, came the loud shouts of a legendary fighter and poet.  The black, outcast child born to an Arab father and an Ethiopian slave mother, ‘Antarah Ibn Shaddad battled for acceptance of his family and his father. He defied the norms of society in his quest to be accepted by the tribe and, regardless of marginal status, fought for his tribe.

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The ‘Antarah’s captured his turbulent life with uncompromising poetry that mixes moments of tenderness and blood-sucking violence. The war songs he wrote are testaments to his struggle to gain the respect of his people, and also the love of ‘Ablah the free-born woman he adored but was denied from her relatives.

War Songspresents the poetry of ‘Antarah. It contains a selection of poems from the more recent Epic of ‘Antar. A well-known story-cycle that continues delight and enthral Arab viewers even to this day, with tales of its hero’s incredible feats of endurance and strength. Antarah’s voice is heard as it is the first time she has spoken in contemporary, vibrant English invoking its timeless convictions of fidelity to one’s convictions, loyalty to one’s the family and friends, as well as the fidelity of love.

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Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07T91YJ72
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ NYU Press
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 9, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4181 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 313 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 147985879X
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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