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Middle Eastern Studies : Poetry

Resources and content of interest for researchers and students of Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Poetry

Poetry has a deep tradition in the Middle East, starting with the Qu'ran, which is in many ways a work of poetry. 

Language for a new century : contemporary poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and beyond by Chang, Tina.; Handal, Nathalie, Shankar, Ravi, Douglas Library PN6101.L26 2008 

Desert voices : Bedouin women's poetry in Saudi Arabia Al-Ghadeer, Moneera, Alexander Library PJ8000.6.A44 2009

Poetics of Islamic Legitimacy : Myth, Gender, & Ceremony in the Classical Arabic Ode by Suzanne Pinckney Stetkevych, online.

Some famous Middle Eastern poets include: Ahmed Shawqi and Mahmoud Darwish and 

Bader Shakir al-Sayyab.

Miscellaneous Resources: 

Poetry (journal)

Poetry Foundation



“Arabic Poetry,” The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics by RMA Allen, online.


“Persian Poetry,” The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics by RMA Allen, online.

Library of Congress Exhibit: Classical Persian Poetry

Some notable Persian Poets

Sufi Poetry: Sufi poetry is Persian poetry that comes out of Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam.

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