Professor Suheil Bushrui is a distinguished author, poet, critic, and media personality, who has published critical studies on W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett. He is currently Director of the University of Maryland's Kahlil Gibran Research and Studies Project, and has also served as Chairman of the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (ISAIL). Bushrui's published work is extensive, and includes the definitive biography of Gibran entitled Kahlil Gibran: Man and Poet, which he co-authored with Joe Jenkins.
James M. Malarkey is a specialist on Middle Eastern and North African affairs. The Chair of Humanities and General Education at Antioch University Midwest, Malarkey has taught Anthropology at Antioch College, Cultural Studies at the American University of Beirut, Linguistics at the University of Constantine, Algeria, as well as World Classics at Antioch University McGregor.
With 1500 years of poetry and prose included in this anthology, there is a hugely diverse range of thoughts and feelings on display. In the introduction, the editors Suheil Bushrui and James M. Malarkey explain the importance of and provide a really useful summary of Arab literature and history, detail the difficulty of translation and express their hope that readers from all cultures may be receptive to a wider exploration of literature that might be previously unknown to them. The work chosen, crosses the boundaries of religion, sex, history, and culture; a book to dip in and out of, to open your mind to. Some of the editors' choices may be more difficult to connect with, the common bond may feel remote or unobtainable, some encourage consideration and reflection, while others quite simply sing to the soul, it is all a matter of personal choice. Personally, ’Rejoice’ by May Ziadah struck an immediate chord, reading without thought of religion, politics or social injustice, it simply spoke to me of the joy of positivity. Desert Songs of the Night allows a step towards observation and exploration but most importantly, it highlights the wonder of the written word. ~ Liz Robinson
In this delightful volume of love poetry, renowned literature professor Suheil Bushrui presents nearly two hundred cherished works from around the world and down through the ages.