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"Munājayāt Al-Sab'īn" ("Orisons of the Seventies"): 'Azīz Al-Sayyid Jāsim's Latest Prose Poems

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This short introductory essay focuses on the biographical and critical value of 'Azīz al-Sayyid Jāsim's short monologues or orisons that were printed posthumously in Arabic in 1994. The output of their author, 'Azīz al-Sayyid Jāsim, is enormous, especially in matters of ideology and literature. However, his poetic excursions are few: he never claimed them as central to his literary and cultural itinerary. Yet, as their publisher and editor in Arabic notes, these pieces offer new insights, not only in the record of an influential author, but also in his Sufi career, which led to his seclusion and eventual execution, despite his disinterest in active political involvement. The orisons have their depth, intimacy, and poetic power that integrate them into the scant, but significant, poetic tradition of the Sufis.


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