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In this fourth volume of the landmark Poems for the Millennium series, Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour present a comprehensive anthology of the written and oral literatures of the Maghreb, the region of North Africa that spans the modern nation states of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania, and including a section on the influential Arabo-Berber and Jewish literary culture of Al-Andalus, which flourished in Spain between the ninth and fifteenth centuries. Beginning with the earliest pictograms and rock drawings and ending with the work of the current generation of post-independence and diasporic writers, this volume takes in a range of cultures and voices, including Berber, Phoenician, Jewish, Roman, Vandal, Arab, Ottoman, and French. Though concentrating on oral and written poetry and narratives, the book also draws on historical and geographical treatises, philosophical and esoteric traditions, song lyrics, and current prose experiments. These selections are arranged in five chronological "diwans" or chapters, which are interrupted by a series of "books" that supply extra detail, giving context or covering specific cultural areas in concentrated fashion. The selections are contextualized by a general introduction that situates the importance of this little-known culture area and individual commentaries for nearly each author.
Table of Contents
|Thanks and Acknowledgments|
|A Book of Multiple Beginnings|
|The First Human Beings, Their Sons and Amazon Daughters|
|Hanno the Navigator (Carthage, c. sixth century B.C.E.)|
|from The Periplos of Hanno|
|Callimachus (Cyrene, 310-c. 240 B.C.E.)|
|Thirteen Epigrammatic Poems|
|Mago (Carthage, pre-second century B.C.E.)|
|from De Agricultura|
|Lucius Apuleius (Madaurus, now M'Daourouch, c. 123-c. 180 C.E.)|
|from The Golden Ass, or Metamorphoses|
|Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus (Carthage, c. 160-c. 220 C.E.)|
|from De Pallio (The Cloak)|
|from Scorpiace (The Scorpion)|
|Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus (Carthage, early third century-258 C.E.)|
|from Epistle to Donatus|
|Lucius Lactantius (Cirta?, c. 240-Trier?, c. 320 C.E.)|
|from De Ave Phoenice|
|Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis (Saint Augustine) (Thagaste, 354-Hippo, 430 C.E.)|
|from De Doctrina Christiana|
|from De fide rerum invisibilium|
|from Psalmus contra Partem Donati|
|Blossius Aemilius Dracontius (Carthage, c. 455-c. 505 C.E.)|
|The Chariot of Venus|
|De Mensibus (Months)|
|The Origin of Roses|
|Luxorius (Carthage, sixth century C.E.)|
|[They say, that when the fierce bear gives birth . . .]|
|A Book of In-Betweens: Al-Andalus, Sicily, the Maghreb|
|Ibn Hani al-Andalusi (Seville, c. 934-Barca, Libya, 973)|
|Extinction Is the Truth . . .|
|Ibn Darradj al-Qastalli (958-1030)|
|from Ode in Praise of Khairan al-'Amiri, Emir of Almería|
|from Ode in Praise of al-Mansur al-'Amiri, Emir of Córdoba|
|Abu Amir Ibn Shuhayd (Córdoba, 992-1035)|
|from Qasida (I)|
|from Qasida (II)|
|"As he got his fill of delirious wine"|
|Yusuf ibn Harun al-Ramadi (d. c. 1022)|
|Hugging Letters and Beauty Spots|
|O Rose . . .|
|Yosef ibn Abitur (mid-tenth century-c. 1012)|
|The "Who?" of Ibn Abitur of Córdoba|
|Hafsa bint Hamdun (Wadi al-Hijara, now Guadalajara, tenth century)|
|Samuel Ha-Levi ibn Nagrella, called ha-Nagid, "the Prince" (Merida, 993-Granada, 1055)|
|Three Love Poems|
|Ibn Hazm (Córdoba, 994-Niebla, 1064)|
|from The Neck-Ring of the Dove|
|FROM "AUTHOR'S PREFACE"|
|OF FALLING IN LOVE WHILE ASLEEP|
|Wallada bint al-Mustakfi (Córdoba, 994-1091)|
|Ibn Rashiq (Masila, Algeria, c. 1-Mazara, Sicily, c. 1064)|
|from Lament over the Fall of the City of Kairouan|
|Ibn Zaydun (Córdoba, 1003-1071)|
|Fragments from the Qasida in the Rhyme of Nun|
|Written from al-Zahra'|
|Salomon ibn Gabirol (Malaga, c. 1020-Valencia, c. 1058)|
|The 16-Year-Old Poet|
|from The Crown of Kingdom|
|Al Mu'tamid ibn Abbad (Seville, 1040-Aghmat, 1095)|
|To Abu Bakr ibn 'Ammar Going to Silves|
|Ibn Hamdis (Noto, Sicily, 1056-Majorca, 1133)|
|He Said, Remembering Sicily and His Home, Syracuse|
|Ibn Labbana (Benissa, mid-eleventh century-Majorca, 1113)|
|Al-Mu'tamid and His Family Go into Exile|
|Moses ibn Ezra (Granada, c. 1058-c. 1135)|
|Al-A'ma al-Tutili (b. Tudela, c. late eleventh century-d. 1126)|
|Ibn Khafadja (Alcita, province of Valencia, 1058-1138)|
|Yehuda Halevi, the Cantor of Zion (Toledo, 1075-Cairo, 1141)|
|from Yehuda Halevi's Songs to Zion|
|Ibn Quzman (Córdoba, 1078-1160)|
|Abraham ibn Ezra (1089-1164)|
|"I have a garment"|
|Abu Madyan Shu'ayb (Sidi Boumedienne) (Cantillana, 1126-Tlemcen, 1198)|
|You Will Be Served in Your Glass|
|Hafsa bint al-Hajj Arrakuniyya (Granada, 1135-Marrakech, 1190)|
|Ibn Arabi, al-Sheikh al-Akhbar (Murcia, 1165-Damascus, 1240)|
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