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Sahar Muradi
Jul 22, 2021
In Resources
Hi all, here's access to the digital copy of the MET's The Islamic World: A Resource for Educators, as well as other items: https://www.metmuseum.org/learn/educators/curriculum-resources If you click on the Islamic World book, it should take you to PDFs of the actual book. I'm also adding Dr. Ekthiar's PPT to your Share folder. Best, Sahar
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Sahar Muradi
Jul 22, 2021
In Resources
I think a couple of the best Hafiz translations are from Geoffrey Squires and Elizabeth T. Gray. The former's Hafez: Translations & Interpretations of the Ghazal does really due diligence in research, translation, and Squires is a poet himself (Irish) so brings a lovely lyricism. And Elizabeth's is very accurate while also being enjoyable (she's also a poet). Her The Green Sea of Heaven includes the original Persian too. I used her book for my translations in the Ask Hafiz performance.
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Sahar Muradi
Jul 22, 2021
In Resources
Hi all, here are a few of the better Conference of the Birds editions: Sis, Peter. Conference of the Birds. (2013) - Beautifully illustrated. Sis makes children's books, so it's especially great for younger ones, but also great for adults as it's very dreamy. In fact, it's targeted to adults. Here's an NPR piece about it: https://www.npr.org/2011/11/16/142396491/in-birds-sis-makes-a-dream-world-for-grown-ups Davis, Dick. The Conference of the Birds. (1984) - The best translation probably, or so regarded. Davis translates with his wife, who is Iranian, and he himself is a scholar of Persian lit. He also keeps the rhyme. Wolpe, Sholeh. Conference of the Birds. (2017) - Wolpe is a poet and writer and translator, originally from Iran. She's also translated Forugh Farrokhzad (her version on Poetic Voices website). New translation, very good, doesn't rhyme. Here's her speaking about the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqDWYrblrT4 Abdullah, Raficq. The Conference of the Birds: The Selected Sufi Poetry of Farid ud-Din Attar. (2003) - Another lovely version though seems hard to find now. It's more of extracts and with lovely color illustrations. Abdullah is South African Muslim who spent most of his adulthood in UK.
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Sahar Muradi
Jul 16, 2021
In Resources
Hi all, There was interest in inviting the poets from our reading and conversation on Wednesday to your classes, virtually or otherwise. Two of them got back to me so far with a very happy YES: beyza ozer - heybeyzaozer@gmail.com Saddiq Dzukogi - saddiqdzukogi@gmail.com Best, Sahar
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Sahar Muradi
Jul 13, 2021
In Reading Discussion
Curious how many folks, when teaching translated texts, engage their students on the politics of translation and how that goes? And for younger students, curious if you've explored calligraphy or other text-based art and in what capacities? I often think zoomorphic designs would be a great way of exciting young people (or any people) about writing or even poetry-making.
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Sahar Muradi
May 18, 2021
In The Social Hour
Congratulations to @Teresa Lambe (she/her) on 26 years of teaching!! What an achievement!
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