To Egypt with Love: Baha al-Din Zuhayr and His Poetry (Lecture in Arabic)
Tue, November 16, 2010 • 3:30 PM • Texas Union Sinclair Room (3.128)
A Lecture by Raymond Farrin, American University of Kuwait
Dr. Farrin will introduce the poet, Baha al-Din Zuhayr, who moved from Mecca to Cairo in search of education and a livelihood, and who remained there until his death in 1258 AD. In the first part, he will discuss Zuhayr's biography and his literary style in general and in the second part, I analyze a very peculiar ode of his, in which he depicts the the experience of a failed merchant.
Ray Farrin is the author of the monograph Abundance from the Desert: Classical Arabic Poetry (Syracuse University Press, 2010) based on an award-winning dissertation completed at UC Berkeley. The book argues that many classical Arabic poems exhibit a high degree of organic and thematic unity, contrary to the traditional Western appraisal of them. Specifically, a large number of them are apparently organized according to the principles of ring composition. His current project analyzes structural cohesion in the Qur'an, where it is often believed there is none. Dr. Farrin teaches Arabic literature at American University of Kuwait.
Sponsored by the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professorship, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the UT Arabic Flagship Program.