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City Lore and Poets House

In Partnership With
Atlanta Fulton Public Library System
District of Columbia Public Library
Detroit Public Library
Houston Public Library
Jacksonville Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library
Milwaukee Public Library
Queens Library
St Louis Public Library
San Francisco Public Library
The American Library Association

Najwa Adra
Kazim Ali
Kaveh Bassiri
Theodore Levin
Samina Quraeshi

Curatorial Committee
City Lore: Steve Zeitlin, Catherine Fletcher
Poets House: Lee Briccetti, Jane Preston, Stephen Motika, Reginald Harris

Graphic Design & Website
Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Literary Permissions
The Permissions Company, Inc.

Image Permissions
Romy Charlesworth

Exhibition Sound
Guide By Cell

Public Relations
Rubinstein Public Relations

Funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities

With additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Speakers and Performers Bureau
Najwa Adra, Independent Scholar
Kazim Ali, Oberlin College
Dr. Sinan Antoon, New York University
Reza Aslan, University of California, Riverside
Steven Caton, Harvard University
Sylviane Diouf, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL
Syed Akbar Hyder, University of Texas at Austin
Pierre Joris, University at Albany—SUNY
Persis Karim, San José State University
Mohja Kahf, University of Arkansas
Bruce Lawrence, Duke University
Khaled Mattawa, University of Michigan
Farzaneh Milani, University of Virginia
Jawid Mojaddedi, Rutgers University
Michael Sells, University of Chicago
Kemal Silay, Indiana University

Kiran Ahluwalia and Rez Abbasi
Edward Hirsch
Kewulay Kamara, Kalie Kamara, Abdoulaye Diabate, and Salieu Suso
Dunya Mikhail
Murat Nemet-Nejat
Omar Offendum
Amir ElSaffar and the Safaafir Ensemble
Zafer Tawil and Ensemble
Amir Vahab and Ensemble

Special Thanks
Adonis • Mutlu Kunuk Blasing • Jonathan Blunk • Martha Cooper • Rachel Cooper, Asia Society • The David Collection • Ahmed Eissawi • Hassan M. Eltaher, • Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution • Navina Haidar, The Metropolitan Museum of Art • Tariq Hamid, Shaheen’s Sweets • Jennifer Hennion • IACE Travel • Pierre Joris • Kewulay Kamara • Sohaib Khan • Maurine Knighton, The Nathan Cummings Foundation • Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Institution • Bruce Lawrence • Library of Congress • Limey Films • Flagg Miller • Murat Nemet-Nejat • Martin Orwin • Ana-Sofia Paiva • Samina Quraeshi • Salman al-Saad • Mark Seldis • Emin Şenyer • Sadia Shepard • Samuel Shimon, Banipal Magazine • Peter Sis • Farideh Tehrani • Kay Turner • Daniel Martin Varisco • The Walters Art Museum • Jeremy Webber • Dennie Wolf • Sholeh Wolpé


Image Credits


“Wazir Khan Mosque in Reflection,” a painting by Samina Quraeshi–Courtesy of Samina Quraeshi


The lovers Pururavas and Urvashi, Gupta style, 5th century–National Museum, New Delhi, India/ Borromeo; courtesy of Art Resource, NY; “Procession at the End of Ramadan,” a 13th-century miniature of the Maqamat (The Meetings) by al-Hariri–Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris / Universal History Archive/UIG; courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library; A Turkish stamp of The Book of Dede Korkut–General Directorate of PTT, Republic of Turkey; A contemporary Iranian album cover of gosan music– Barbad Music; A leaf from the opening pages of a 14th-century Qur’an in Naskh script–Courtesy of the Library of Congress; Leaves from Sibawayh’s grammar of the Arabic language, known as Al-Kitab (The Book on Grammar)–Courtesy of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris


Epic and Romance
A Turkish horseman drawing his bow, 15th-century Ottoman miniature–Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey/ Bridgeman-Giraudon; courtesy of Art Resource, NY; Derek and the Dominoes’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album cover, 1970–Courtesy of Universal Music Group; An illuminated miniature of Mir Hasan’s Urdu romance The Magic of Eloquence, ca. 1785–Courtesy of Cambridge University Library; Ms Or 2255, f.64

The Qasida
A 15th-century portrait of Sultan Mehmed II, the Conqueror (1432-1481)–Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey / Werner Forman; courtesy of Art Resource, NY; Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, 2011 –Photo by Thaier Al- Sudani; courtesy of Reuters; The Iraqi maqam ensemble Angham al-Rafidain, 2010–Photo by Ali Al-Saadi; courtesy of AFP/Getty Images; Umm Kulthum–Courtesy of AFP/Getty Images; Calligraphy of Imam al-Busiri’s Qasida al-Burda (The Mantle Ode), 15th-century–Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Sufi Verses and Hymns
Woman with a Spray of Flowers, opaque watercolor and gold on paper, Isfahan, Iran, ca. 1595–Courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Purchase – Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds, Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler, S1986.297; A Turkish stamp depicting Yunus Emre–General Directorate of PTT, Republic of Turkey; A leaf with verses from The Wine Ode by ‘Umar Ibn al-Farid–Courtesy of the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection; A contemporary illustration by Peter Sis inspired by Farid ud-Din ‘Attar’s The Conference of the Birds–Courtesy of Peter Sis and Penguin Press; Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan–Photo by Tim Hall; courtesy of Redferns /Getty Images; Whirling Dervishes dance in Konya, Turkey, 2003–Photo by Kerim Okten; courtesy of EPA/Corbis

The Ghazal
A 16th-century portrait of Sultan Süleyman I, the Magnificent (1494-1566)–Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library; The 2009 Aalami Musha’ira –Photo by Kevin Bubriski/ARAMCO; Poet Simin Behbahani (1927- , Iran)–Photo by Sima Chakmian; courtesy of Reza Moini; The frontispiece from a 19th-century Urdu edition of Ghalib’s poetry–Courtesy of Harvard University Press

Contemporary Folk Traditions
Women winnowing barley in a Yemeni village–Photo by Christophe Boisvieux; courtesy of Getty Images; A Pakistani-American bride with traditional mehndi, Queens, NY, 1990–Photo by Martha Cooper; courtesy of City Lore; An ashik performing with a saz lute–Courtesy of The Yildiray Erdener Turkish Minstrel (Ashik) Collection; A painted truck with its owner–Courtesy of Jamal J. Elias


Dialogue Between East and West
Federico García Lorca in Granada, 1919, aged 21–Photo by Rogelio Robles; courtesy of Fundacíon Federico García Lorca, Madrid; Edmund Dulac’s illustration from the 1909 edition of FitzGerald’s The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám–An Edmund Dulac Treasury: 116 Color Illustrations by Edmund Dulac. Selected and Edited by Jeff A. Menges. Dover Publications, 2011.; An 1819 edition of Goethe’s West-östlicher Divan (The Parliament of East and West)–Courtesy of H.P. Haack, Leipzig; Dress rehearsal for the Arena Stage production of The Arabian Nights, Washington DC, 2011–Washington Post; courtesy of Getty Images

20th Century Poetry
Nima Yushij (1896-1960, Iran)–Photo by Hadi Shafaieh; courtesy of Nima Shafaieh; Adonis with Octavio Paz in Beirut, 1964–Courtesy of Adonis; Mixed media on paper, 2011 by Adonis– © A.M. Qattan Foundation, Courtesy of Adonis; Forugh Farrokhzad (1935-1967, Iran)–Photographer unknown; A drawing of Orhan Veli Kanik by Zahir Güvemli, 1971–© Zahir Güvemli; Contemporary calligraphy by Mohammed Saït Saggar of al-Sayyab’s poetry–© Mohammed Saït Saggar


Poetry and Politics
Nazim Hikmet (1902-1963, Turkey)– OZKOK/SIPA/Newscom; Mahmoud Darwish–Photo by Gil Cohen Magen; courtesy of Associated Press; Kishwar Naheed–Photographer unknown; The Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz with Sajjad Zaheer–Courtesy of the Faiz Centenary National Organising Committee, UK and the Faiz Foundation, Pakistan; The Iranian writer Ahmad Shamlu in the 1960s–Photo by Hadi Shafaieh; courtesy of Nima Shafaieh; A pre-Revolution poster advocating freedom of speech–Artist unknown; image courtesy of Shervin Shahbazi; The Tunisian rapper El Général–Photographer unknown ; Tahrir Square, Cairo, February 2011–Photo by Jonathan Rashad


American Voices
Amiri Baraka (1934- )–Photo by Tibor Bozi; courtesy of Corbis; Sholeh Wolpé (1962- )–Photo by Hasan Sarbakshian; Agha Shahid Ali, 1985 (1949-2001) –Photo by LaVerne Harrell Clark; courtesy of The University of Arizona Poetry Center; Kazim Ali (1971- )–Photo by Brett Hall Jones; courtesy of Wesleyan University Press; Bushra Rehman (1974- )–Photo by Jaishri Abichandani; 2011 edition of The Prophet–Courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf ; Ethiopian Bilal, from a 16th-century Ottoman edition of the Turkish Siyer-i Nebi (The Life of the Prophet)–Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey / Bildarchiv Steffens; courtesy of The Bridgeman Art Library; The American blues musician John Jackson–Photo by Douglas Bell; courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Global Voices
Jali Kulako, Sierra Leone, 2009–Photo by Kewulay Kamara; Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac, known as “Gaarriye” (1949-2012, Somalia);Photo by Crispin Hughes; courtesy of The Poetry Translation Centre, London. ; Tigrinya poet Reesom Haile, 2001–Photo by Martha Cooper; courtesy of City Lore; Algerian singer Marguerite Taos Amrouche–Photo by Sophie Bassouls; courtesy of Corbis/Sygma; Shamsur Rahman–Photo by Pavel Rahman; courtesy of Associated Press; Jogja Hip-Hop Foundation–Photo by Suzanna Finley; courtesy of Asia Society; Academy of Maqom–Photo by Sebastian Schutyser; courtesy of the Aga Khan Music Initiative; Epic chanter Rysbek Jumabaev–Photo by Gary Otte; courtesy of the Aga Khan Music Initiative; The Afghani ghazal singer Ustad Mahwash in Paris, 2002–Photo by Mohammad Bashir; courtesy of AFP/Newscom; Nasser al-Ajami from on Million’s Poet, 2010–Photo by Marwan Naamani; courtesy of AFP/Getty Images