Arabic Qahwa (Arabic Literature)

Arabic Qahwa (Arabic Literature)


Latest Episodes

The Poetry of Amr ibn Kulthum (Commentary)
September 11, 2020

The Mu'allaqah of the pre-Islamic poet Amr ibn Kulthum is one of the most stunningly beautiful poems in Arabic. In this episode we dive in deep, trying to understand the meanings and brilliance behind these Arabic lines.

Majun Layla – the man who lost his mind for love
August 28, 2020

"I don’t ascend high mountains, except because of love     And I don’t sing poetry, except as medicine" Listen to one of the most moving poems in Arabic literature, where Majnun Layla expresses his pain over losing his lover - Layla.

The Poems of Imru’al-Qays
August 22, 2020

Imru' al-Qays, was known as the wandering king, because he spent his life seeking revenge, and the re-establishment of his father's lost kingdom. He is sometimes referred to as the father of Arabic poetry, because he established many of the conventions...

The Art of Praising Yourself
August 11, 2020

We take a look through the eyes of Arabic literature at the art of praising oneself. Some poets were shameless when it came to self-promotion. But is this a good idea? Are there lessons to be learned? In this episode we will go through the poetry o...

The War of Basus
August 04, 2020

Listen to this Bizarre story from the pre-Islamic period where a war was fought for over 40 years between the tribes of Taghlib and Bakr over the killing of a camel. Listen to the stories of Kulayb, Jassas, Zir Salim, al-Harith ibn Ubad and more.

The Mu’allaqat – Hanging Odes – Part 2
July 12, 2020

An introduction to the Mu'allaqat or the Hanging odes. These are 7 poems that represent the finest of pre-Islamic Arabic poetry. The study of pre-Islamic poetry offers much insight into the language and the depth of its meanings and usages.

The Mu’allaqat – Hanging Odes – Part 1
April 10, 2020

An introduction to the Mu'allaqat or the Hanging odes. These are 7 poems that represent the finest of pre-Islamic Arabic poetry. The study of pre-Islamic poetry offers much insight into the language and the depth of its meanings and usages.

The Poem of Ilbiri – On Leading a Purposeful Life – Part 2
March 02, 2020

Abu Isḥāq al-Ilbīrī al-Tujībī (d. 459 AH / 1067 CE) is said to have written this poem in response to a young man who had insulted him. Instead of replying in kind, which was the custom of poets, he decided to respond by providing the young man advice t...

The Poem of Ilbiri – On Leading a Purposeful Life – Part 1
February 25, 2020

Abu Isḥāq al-Ilbīrī al-Tujībī (d. 459 AH / 1067 CE) is said to have written this poem in response to a young man who had insulted him. Instead of replying in kind, which was the custom of poets, he decided to respond by providing the young man advice t...

Reading the Hilyat Talibil Ilm
February 12, 2020

In this episode, we will go through the wonderful book 'Hilyatu Talibil 'Ilm' by Sheikh Bakr Abu Zaid with the Sharh of Ibn Uthaymeen. The book talks about the etiquettes of seeking knowledge. The first chapter deals with correcting one's intentio...