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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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. Where Are Xbu Priests? To make sweet music, and to please, That is a gift of God alone.

The Arab poet who worshipped wine

There is much cause for weeping here. One of the greatest of Arabic poets — indeed, the greatest in the opinion of some critics — Abu Nuwas wrote abi verse that demonstrated. His book “Spiritual Leadership” was praised at the court in Baghdad by the Caliph al-Mamun, who appointed him as court scribe, personal secretary and speech writer.

In fact, most scholars believe that Abu Nuwas wrote most of his poetty during the reign of al-Amin 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.

As the examples cited above should indicate, this is not mere verse, as boy-love poetry sometimes is, but real poetry, poetry that is often sublime.

By Allah! — The Poetry of Abu Nuwas

He wrote pangyric poetry as well as heterosexual and homosexual ghazals, and handled Bacchic poems of “wine, women and song” with incomparable skill. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.


Even the gentlest compliments to the boy are phrased in images that pack a knock-out punch. Hashim rated it it was amazing Jan 01, Feast your eyes without restraint! Dedalus Books, Publishers of Literary Fiction”. A hole was pierced into her side, The wine began to seep, Mascara running with the tears, As when a young girl weeps. Le Sourire marked it as to-read Apr 10, Juliette Elias added it Mar 09, And flee what is allowed. Matured for ages in the cask, her flames unrecognised, Her cries, as of the crucified, were truly agonised.

Abu Nuwas’s knack for repartee seems not only to have undone his rivals, but can actually be credited with saving his life. Chief among this new breed of poets was Abu Nuwas. Hanny marked it as to-read Jun 17, We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.

Compared to the Bible, the Koran is a much shorter work, lacking the extended historical accounts and chronicles of the Old Testament and the multiple repetitive Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John of the New Testament, and can be read in a relatively short time in translation by most people for basic familiarity.

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Post Islam, some Arabic poetry steered away from taboo topics such as sex and alcohol. Thus it is required reading, at least in part, for any Citizen of the Republic of Letters or of the modern world, alongside the Bible, the Buddhist Sutras poeyry as the Fire Sermon, the Bhagavad Gita and the Dao De Poerty, as part of the common heritage of mankind.

Mokhamad Arif marked it as to-read Feb 21, You are commenting using your Twitter account. Nour Dich marked it as to-read Jun 04, They would also absorb ideas from China and India, adding to them tremendous poery from their own studies. Poems of Wine and Revelry: Kobra Moradi marked it as to-read Jul 26, Some stanzas from his “The House of Hope” give some feel for his themes, often sensual and melancholy: This poem also reveals how far Hakim is willing to go to bring Abu Nuwas fully up to date: You are commenting using your WordPress.


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. For a nomadic people nuwws as the Bedoin Arabs, poetry was the main reservoir of the people’s knowledge and expression of their very existence. He is particularly renowned for his poems on wine nuwass pederasty. In his khamriyyat, Abu Nuwas offers a glimpse muwas the hedonistic and dissipated world he inhabited: Ibn Rushd and Ibn Sina played a major role in saving the works of Aristotle, whose ideas came to dominate the non-religious thought of both the Christian and Muslim worlds.

By continuing to ooetry this website, you agree to their use. He takes off on campaign and rides to attack Casting arrows and javelins; He hides the aub of war, and his Attitude under fire is magnanimous. By Ola Kseroof Contributor. All The next month The next 3 months The next 6 Months. Born in the city of Ahvaz in modern-day Iranto an Arab father and a Persian mother, [1] he became a master of all the contemporary genres of Arabic poetry.

No trivia or quizzes yet. See also Arabic language. He attained renown in Baghdad, the seat of the Caliphate, but had to flee to Egypt when he poetically praised the wrong people during a power struggle.

He was particularly noted for his celebrations in verse of wine — and boys.