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Poetry and Prose Lecture with Professor Kevin Blankinship - Dust's Embrace: Al-Ma'arri and the Art of Dying in Classical Arabic

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - Thursday, April 4, 2019

On 3 April, SQCC hosted its first poetry presentation in the Poetry and Prose Series of 2019. Our honored guest of the evening was Dr. Kevin Blankinship, Assistant Professor of Arabic at Brigham Young University, where he teaches Arabic language and literature. A specialist in classical Arabic literature, his current book project is about the blind poet Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī (b. 973 - d.1057) and the literary history of zuhd ("detachment').

Dr. Blankinship's presentation analyzed poetic forms in al-Maʿarrī's Luzūmīyāt ("Necessities"), referring to the collection of poetry's overly complex rhyme scheme. In the presented poem, Luzūmiyyah #55 (meter: wāfir - mufāʿalatun mufāʿalatun faʿūlun), Dr. Blankinship showed that al-Maʿarrī reminds readers of the great inevitable: everything in this world passes away. After the presentation, Dr. Blankinship mingled with the crowd over Omani coffee and dates.


Photos of the lecture can be viewed here.

Video of the lecture can be viewed here.

On April 3, at 6 pm, SQCC hosted its first poetry presentation in the Poetry and Prose Series for 2019. Our honored guest of the evening was is Dr. Kevin Blankinship, Assistant Professor of Arabic at Brigham Young University. He teaches Arabic language and literature, Islam, and the Qur'an. A specialist in classical Arabic literature, his current book project is about the blind poet Abu'l-Ala al-Ma'arri (Born December 973—died May 1057) and the literary history of zuhd. His work has benefited from grants by the Fulbright-Hays Program, Southern Denmark University, and the University of Utah. In addition, Dr. Blankinship reviews books and comments on Middle Eastern culture for general audiences, writes original English language poetry, and works as a freelance translator.

Dr. Blankinship's presentation was about the poetic forms of one poem in The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala al-Maarri. Luzūmiyyah #55 (meter: wāfir) (mufāʿalatun mufāʿalatun faʿūlun). In this poem, al-Ma'arri reminds readers of the inevitable: everything in this world passes away.

The event was attended by 56 poetry enthusiasts and Arabic language scholars. After the presentation, Dr. Blankinship mingled with the crowd who were treated to Omani coffee and dates.

On April 3, at 6 pm, SQCC hosted its first poetry presentation in the Poetry and Prose Series for 2019. Our honored guest of the evening was is Dr. Kevin Blankinship, Assistant Professor of Arabic at Brigham Young University. He teaches Arabic language and literature, Islam, and the Qur'an. A specialist in classical Arabic literature, his current book project is about the blind poet Abu'l-Ala al-Ma'arri (Born December 973—died May 1057) and the literary history of zuhd. His work has benefited from grants by the Fulbright-Hays Program, Southern Denmark University, and the University of Utah. In addition, Dr. Blankinship reviews books and comments on Middle Eastern culture for general audiences, writes original English language poetry, and works as a freelance translator.

Dr. Blankinship's presentation was about the poetic forms of one poem in The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala al-Maarri. Luzūmiyyah #55 (meter: wāfir) (mufāʿalatun mufāʿalatun faʿūlun). In this poem, al-Ma'arri reminds readers of the inevitable: everything in this world passes away.

The event was attended by 56 poetry enthusiasts and Arabic language scholars. After the presentation, Dr. Blankinship mingled with the crowd who were treated to Omani coffee and dates.

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Posted By: cmackenzie - Wednesday, 03 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM