Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī (–), known as Abū Nuwās was a classical Arabic poet. Born in the city of Ahvaz in modern-day Iran, to an Arab. For the first time ever, the khamriyyat – ‘wine songs’ – of Abbasid poet Abu Nuwas will be available in English as complete rhymes; animating. The poet in question was Abu Nuwas, whose historical exploits were later transformed into the almost magical, trickster-like antics of the legendary Abu Nuwas.

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Characters Stories Burton translation Works influenced by Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: His most famous royal commission was a poem a ‘qasida’ which he composed in praise of al-Amin.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Abu Nuwas’ poetry is characterised by an astonishing lack of inhibition and one of the most attractive features of his diwan is the extent to which his verse reveals its author’s personality.

Abu Nuwas’s knack for poetgy seems not only to have undone his rivals, but can actually be credited with saving his life. Hardcoverpages. Sufi holy men from India to Turkey sought to find Allah by gazing upon the beauty of beardless youths.

Valletta International Baroque Festival. Yousif aub it liked it Feb 25, Read more about Abu Nuwas: You are commenting using your Twitter account. Abu Nuwas helped to establish this theme in Islamic literature Keep Exploring Britannica Ooetry. Well known among unsuccessful wooers of boys is the unsatisfactory consolation of the hand, which Abu Nuwas describes in poem XXXIV thus: You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

Far from the straight road, I took without conceit The winding way of sin, because this horse Has cut the reins without remorse, And carried away the bridle and the bit. Come right in, boys. Despite the religious Law, which utterly condemns homosexuality, Islamic society has often taken a tolerant view of pederasty; a great deal of Sufi poetry is composed in the form of love-songs to boys.


A large part of the Koran contains exhortations to belief in its one God Allah and adherence to its rules of behaviour, with the bliss of paradise as promised reward and certain damnation in Hell as the consequence of failure to do so. Later in 12th century the renown Western monk Abelard introduced what Westerners call “Arabic Numerals” to Europe, but which the Arabs themselves termed “Hindsi” or “Indian Numerals,” indicating their true origin.

When Harun al-Rashid died in and it was safe for Abu Nuwas to return to Baghdad, he rose in the favor of the new caliph – Muhammad al-Amin – who shared his dissolute ways.

Abu Nuwas was the pen name of Hasin ibn Hani al Hakami, born of Persian parents around the middle of the eighth century in Ahwaz. Chennai Dance Music Festival. Not to accept that is to ignore the quite stunning imagination of the poet and his unsurpassed mastery of Arabic. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Old Namara inscription Pre-Islamic Arabic inscriptions. Lampoon In Arabic literature: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

By Allah! — The Poetry of Abu Nuwas

The wit that made Abu Nuwas into a legend is demonstrated to good advantage throughout this collection. Thank You for Your Contribution!

How to be happy, Catholic and gay. Abu Nuwas was born in Persia, most likely sometime during the s, and lived until Mohamed Adnan added it May 03, Amin was finally overthrown by his puritanical brother, Al-Ma’munwho had no tolerance for Abu Nuwas. His verse is laced with humour and ironyreflecting the genial yet cynical outlook of the poet, who spent much of his life in pursuit of pleasure. Although only a few of his works are still read,…. Indeed, his poems baldly defied the then and now again current official morality.

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Le Sourire marked it as to-read Apr 10, Mokhamad Arif marked it as to-read Feb 21, It was said that al-Ma’mun’s secretary Zonbor tricked Abu Nuwas into writing a satire against Alithe fourth Caliph and son-in-law of the Prophet, while Nuwas was drunk. The name has traditionally been applied to those imaginative works of poetry and prose distinguished by the intentions of their authors and the perceived aesthetic excellence of their execution.

Poems of Wine and Revelry: The Khamriyyat of Abu Nuwas

His death is a subject of legend, some saying he died in prison nuaas writing blasphemous verse, others that he died in a whorehouse, some saying he was murdered in reprisal for lampooning a powerful court personage, and still others that he died peacefully in his sleep in the home of a learned Shi’ite scholar.

January Learn how and when to remove this template message. I love this theme, it is so more than just wine but wine would be enough One day I want to get Nuwas and Li Po and two or three bottles of wine and just read like nuwass poet on pay day. Some later accounts claim that fear of prison made Abu Nuwas repent his old ways and become deeply religious, while others believe his later, penitent poems were simply written in hopes of unwas the caliph’s pardon.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. But drink among roses a rose-red wine, A drought poetru descends in the drinker’s throat, bestowing its redness on eyes and cheeks. During this period the Arab world was a collection of cultures which put together, synthesized and significantly advanced the knowledge gained from the ancient Roman, Chinese, Indian, Persian, Egyptian, Greek, Byzantine and Phoenician civilizations. Dedalus Books, Publishers of Literary Fiction”.