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Course Overview

This two day course will explore the rich culture of pre-Islamic and Islamic poetry. Dating back to pre-Islamic Arabia, poetry is one of the oldest and most esteemed forms of express in the Islamic world. Islamic poetry spread across Persia, Africa, Asia and Spain, and was written in exaltation of Allah and His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) . It was also written in praise of kings, to profess love, and provide political commentary. This course will cover well known pre-Islamic poetry such as Mu’allaqat and Islamic poetry written by Jalaluddin Rumi, Allama Iqbal, and others exploring their poetic style and the vibrant literary heritage they left.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of poetry as an aid to assist us in understanding the Quran.
  • Appreciate the importance of poetry in helping us to understand the culture of the people of the time.
  • Explore the distinct literary style of the pre-Islamic and Islamic poetry.
  • Understand the centrality of poetry throughout Islamic civilisation.
  • Appreciate key contributions to pre-Islamic poetry and Islamic poetry.



Date: Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 2018
Time: 10:00 – 17:00 GMT
Location: London, E1