REVIEWS 237 I brahim M umayyiz . Arabesques: Selections of Biography and Poetry from Classi- cal Arabic Literature . Antwerp/Apeldoorn: Garant, 2006, pp. 1-133. Reviewed by I rfan S hahîd , Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. “That there exists an Arabic literature at all outside the Koran and the Arabian Nights is relatively little known in Europe and America”. Since the late Sir Hamilton Gibb wrote these words in his Arabic Literature in the twenties of the last century, much water has fl owed under the bridge; Arabic literature in both, prose and poetry, classical and modern, has found many a dragoman who have made its treasures accessible to the European and American reader. In the course of the last two years alone, two antholo- gies of Arabic poetry have appeared translated into English, now the lingua franca of the world, namely, The Traces of Song by Walid Khazendar in 2005, and Arabesques by Ibrahim Mumayyiz in 2006, the subject of this review. The latter author is an Iraqi scholar who earned his doctorate in English literature at Trinity College, Dublin and is currently teaching at the Hashemite University of Jordan, Amman. He has been engaged in translating Arabic
Journal of Arabic Literature – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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