Item description for A Study of the Vernacular Poetry of Ahmad Fu'Ad Nigm (Studies in Arabic Literature, Vol 12) by Kamal Abdel-Malek...
This study provides an analysis of the social and political meanings in the protest vernacular poetry of Ahmad Fu'ad Nigm (b. 1929), the contemporary Eqyptian socialist poet. Nigm's work portrays Eqypt as a society composed of contending social forces and it is concerned with the cause of liberating Egypt from class inequality and political oppression. For Nigm, the way to achieve such liberation is through a people's revolution that will ultimately pave the way for a new socialist society. Nigm's commitment to the causes of his society is enhanced by his use of the simple, yet evocative, colloquial, an idiom which is close to the mind and heart of Egypt's poor and illiterate people. Moreover, Nigm deftly utilises different folk poetic forms, folk idioms and pungent witticisms to convey his socialist message. Consequently, Nigm's poetry enjoys wide popularity in Egypt, especially when sung to the melodious tune of the 'ud by Shaykh Imam, Nigm's partner. Being an example of genuine popular expression, Nigm's protest appears to pose a challenge to the political establishment, which considers Nigm as a provocateur, as well as to the majority of scholars to whom vernacular works have no place in their canonical definition of "high" literature.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 10" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1997
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004089330 ISBN13 9789004089334
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More About Kamal Abdel-Malek
KAMAL ABDEL-MALEKAssistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta in Toronto, Canada. MOUNA EL KAHLA currently teaches Arabic at the University of Wollongong, Australia."