Words of Praise: the Qasida with Dr. Michael Sells with Amir ElSaffar and the Safaafir ensemble

Event Date
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Event Location
Main Library
303 Laura St. N.
Jacksonville, Florida
Additional Info
7 p.m/ ,Hicks
Auditorium, Free,

Part of the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World Exhibit and Program Series, Jacksonville Public Library and UNF present

Words of Praise: the Qasida with Dr. Michael Sells with Amir El-Saffar and the Safaafir ensemble.

The qasida is a long rhymed ode common to Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu literature. It originated among Arab Bedouins as an oral poem in praise of the tribe or denigrating its enemies. Michael Sells’ insightful talk reveals the remarkable richness of language and range of emotions evoked by Arabic Golden Age poets Imru al-Qays and al-Mutanabbi. Dr. Sells describes how the form continues to be used today in contexts as varied as televised political commentaries and village weddings. This lecture is followed by an Iraqi maqam performance by Amir El-Saffar and his ensemble Safaafir, who draw on forms like the qasida from the Arabic Golden Age.

Free but reservations are required.

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