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Ibn Khalawayh in Harper's (April 2017)
http://harpers.org/archive/2017/04/cat-calling/
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A qaṣīda by al-A‘shā, tr. LRSN
Out now
http://intranslation.brooklynrail.org/archive/pre-islamic-arabia
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I've been friendly with the St. Mark's Poetry Project and its Newsletter since the 90s. Happy now to have a translation in the current issue: the chapter on "Madmen Who Were Poets" from al-‘Iqd al-farīd (The Necklace Without Peer) by Ibn ‘Abd Rabbihi (d. 940 CE). You can read the whole thing here:
https://www.academia.edu/31078717/Madmen_Who_Were_Poets

A more somber madman's tale is posted to my blog, from ‘Uqalā’ al-majānīn (Madmen Who Were Intelligent) by al-Nīsābūrī (d. 1015):
http://paintedlantern.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-madman-to-his-malady.html

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Startled by how many manuscripts King Saud University hosts online as high-res JPEGs free for viewing and downloading. Nearly 30,000 hand-copied texts! At 50 titles per page, the browsing starts at http://makhtota.ksu.edu.sa/browse/0 and goes on for 5844 pages. If you don't mind the watermarks, this is a goldmine.

(Searchable and browsable in English too, though the machine translation is risible: http://makhtota.ksu.edu.sa/ebrowse/0)

Below: a volume of Ḥayāt al-ḥayawān al-Kubrā (The Greater Life of Animals) by al-Damīrī

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More shopping news (from the book fair at last week's MESA conference): I. Y. Kratchkovsky's Among Arabic Manuscripts (tr. Tatiana Minorsky), reissued this year by Brill.
HEROISM > HUMANISM
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Online shopping is nothing to brag about - but check out the penciled sketch on the back page of this 19th-c. MS of Qazwīnī's al-Risāla al-Shamsiyya, part one:
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Three versions of a famous poem by Abū Ṣakhr al-Hudhalī (d. ca. 700 CE), translated with introductions by me.

As in the Collected Poems of the Tribe of Hudhayl by Abū Sa‘īd al-Sukkarī (d. 888 CE):
http://jacket2.org/commentary/poem-abu-sakhr-transmitted-al-sukkari-translated-david-larsen

As in the Dictations of Abū ‘Alī al-Qālī (d. 966):
http://www.pierrejoris.com/blog/?p=14943

As in the Book of Songs of Abu 'l-Faraj al-Iṣbahānī (d. 967)
http://lyricpoets.tumblr.com/post/150265703365/elemental-love-ab%C5%AB-%E1%B9%A3akhr-al-hudhal%C4%AB-and-mary-j

Plus a fourth version attributed to the legendary
poète maudit Majnun Layla:
http://paintedlantern.blogspot.com/2016/09/as-attributed-to-majnun.html
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November memories

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I like timelines, it's true. Here's one I made to go with the Iliad.
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