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Gary R. Bunt

Antarah ibn Shaddad

Radio 4, In Our Time, Antarah ibn Shaddad

I was quite surprised to hear the poetry of Antarah (recited in Arabic) as I turned on @BBCRadio4 this morning. What I caught of this programme was fascinating. I've downloaded it for later listening.
Description: "Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life, works. context and legacy of Antarah (525-608AD), the great poet and warrior. According to legend, he was born a slave; his mother was an Ethiopian slave, his father an elite Arab cavalryman. Antarah won his freedom in battle and loved a woman called Abla who refused him, and they were later celebrated in the saga of Antar and Abla. One of Antarah's poems was so esteemed in pre-Islamic Arabia that it is believed it was hung up on the wall of the Kaaba in Mecca."

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