1st Edition

The Poetry of Arab Women from the Pre-Islamic Age to Andalusia

By Wessam Elmeligi Copyright 2019
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    168 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This is a compilation of poetry written by Arabic women poets from pre-Islamic times to the end of the Abbasid caliphate and Andalusia, and offers translations of over 200 poets together with literary commentary on the poets and their poetry.

    This critical anthology presents the poems of more than 200 Arabic women poets active from the 600s through the 1400s CE. It marks the first appearance in English translation for many of these poems. The volume includes biographical information about the poets, as well as an analysis of the development of women’s poetry in classical Arabic literature that places the women and the poems within their cultural context. The book fills a noticeable void in modern English-language scholarship on Arabic women, and has important implications for the fields of world and Arabic literature as well as gender and women’s studies.

    The book will be a fascinating and vital text for students and researchers in the fields of Gender Studies and Middle Eastern studies, as well as scholars and students of translation studies, comparative literature, literary theory, gender studies, Arabic literature, and culture and classics.

    ContentsAcknowledgements1. Introduction: Writing a Critical Anthology of Women Poets in Translation2. Poets of the Pre-Islamic Period¿Abla bint Khalid at-TamimiyyaAd-Da¿ja¿ bint WahbAl-Basus bint Munqidh al-BikriyyaAl-Fari¿a bint Mu¿awiya al-QushairiyyaAl-Jaida¿ bint Zahir al-ZubaidiyyaAl-Khansa¿ bint Zuhair bin Abi SalmaAn-Nawwar al-JulAsma¿ al-MariyyaAs-Sulaka Umm as-SulaikBarra bint ¿Abdu-l-Mu¿¿alib¿a¿iya al-HilaliyyaDahknatus bint Luqai¿Dijaja bint ¿afwanFa¿ima bint Murr al-Khuth¿amiyyaFari¿a al-MuriyyaHazila al-JudaisiyyaHind al-Jula¿iyyaHind bint al-Khus¿usaina bint Jabir bint Bujair al-¿IjliIbnat a¿-¿a¿ak bin Sufyan (¿abiba bint a¿-¿a¿ak)Jalila bint Murra ash-ShaibaniyyaJariyat Humam ibn MurraKarma bint ¿il¿Laila al-¿AfifaLaila bint MirdasManfusa bint Zaid al-KhailRai¿a bint ¿A¿iyyaRai¿a bint Jadhl a¿-¿a¿an¿afiyya al-Bahiliyya¿afiyya bint Tha¿laba al-ShaibaniyyaSubai¿a bint al-A¿abSu¿da al-AsadiyyaSu¿da al-LakhmiyyaSulaima bint al-MuhalhalSumayya Zawjat Shaddad al-¿Absi¿ariqaTuma¿ir b


    Wessam Elmeligi is Assistant Professor NTT at the Department of Classical Mediterranean and Middle East at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Associate Professor at the English Department, the Faculty of Education, Damanhur University, Egypt. With a PhD in literary theory, his research interests include comparative literature, narratology, psychoanalysis, gender and women’s studies, visual analysis of film and art, digital humanities, as well as translation. He has published articles and book chapters on Naguib Mahfouz, Radwa Ashour and the modern Arabic novel, Bernard Shaw and Arabic adaptations of the English theatre, and the Arabian Nights. He has also written and illustrated two graphic novels, Y&Y and Jamila.