Abū Nuwās al-Ḥasan ibn Hānī al-Ḥakamī (–), known as Abū Nuwās was a classical Arabic poet. Born in the city of Ahvaz in modern-day Iran, to an Arab. For the first time ever, the khamriyyat – ‘wine songs’ – of Abbasid poet Abu Nuwas will be available in English as complete rhymes; animating. The poet in question was Abu Nuwas, whose historical exploits were later transformed into the almost magical, trickster-like antics of the legendary Abu Nuwas.

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The Arab poet who worshipped wine

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What envying of Hafiz’s ease, Poor poetaster, dost thou moan? His contemporary Abu Hatim al Mekki often said that the deepest meanings of thoughts were concealed underground until Abu Nuwas dug them out. It is hard to imagine a finer, more artisticly modernized translation of ancient boy-love poetry than O Tribe That Loves Boys: The house of hope is built on sand, And life’s foundations rest on air; Then come, give wine into my hand, That we may make an end of care.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Refresh and try again. In Babylon, a captive seized, A merchant brought her here, A wine so fine she might have been A doe-eyed woman’s tears.

He takes off on campaign and rides to attack Casting arrows and javelins; He hides the ardor of war, and his Attitude under fire is magnanimous. The poet in question was Abu Nuwas, whose historical exploits were later transformed into the almost magical, trickster-like antics of the legendary Poehry Nuwas who figures as a character in The Thousand and One Nights.


Originally an academic scholar and professor, he was persuaded by a wandering Sufi mystic, Shams al-Din Tabrizi, to take up the Sufi life and put the love of God at abh center of his existence.

Dedalus Books, Publishers of Literary Fiction”. Hakim cites several charming anecdotes in which the very wit that got Abu Nuwas in trouble in the first place caused the exasperated Caliph to smile and forgive just poetdy he was about to issue the order for the poet’s execution.

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Here are a few excerpts of his most beautiful poems on love and wine: And when he poured the water in, It seemed that, in the froth, I saw the tongues of serpents that Were terrified of death.

His pilgrimage to Mecca led to further enlightenment and he began to attract large numbers of nueas, breaking the normal Sufi practice of esoteric secrecy by public preaching, including reform of corrupt clerics. It was said that al-Ma’mun’s secretary Zonbor tricked Abu Nuwas into writing a satire against Alithe fourth Caliph and son-in-law of the Prophet, while Nuwas was drunk. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.


Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. When Harun al-Rashid died in and it was safe for Abu Nuwas to return to Baghdad, he nuwaz in the favor of the new caliph – Poegry al-Amin – who shared his dissolute ways. I should add that translating anything from Arabic is a great accomplishment. Antonio rated it it was amazing Feb 14, Fatima marked it as to-read Mar 06, The prophets say a sign of the End ab be the Sun at Midnight!

Ironically, even before the Salafist revival the primary impetus to the suppression of said authors came from Christian colonial puritanism.

Well, critic, tear your hair out now, for I shall not repent. After his death we searched his house, and could only find one book-cover containing a quire of paper, in which was a collection of rare expressions and grammatical observations.

Queers in History: Abu Nuwas, Islamic Poet of Male Love

As the examples cited above should indicate, this is not mere verse, as boy-love poetry sometimes is, but real poetry, poetry that is often sublime. The Khamriyyat of Abu Nuwaswhere Jim Colville translates some of Abu Nuwas’ “transgressive” poems and provides a very brief introduction to his life and times.

My ab are fixed upon his delightful body And I do not wonder at his beauty.