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Shakespeare of the Arabic language

al-Hariri of Basrah

The Assemblies is one of the most quoted and memorized of poems in the Arabic world.
The Assemblies is one of the most quoted and memorized of poems in the Arabic world.

Praise be to Allah, the exalted of names, the praised for His bounties, the abundant in gifts, the called upon for the rescinding of calamity; —king of the nations, restorer of rotten bones, honorer of the folks of forbearance and generosity…whose cognizance comes up with every secret, whose compassion encompasses every obdurate in sin, whose munificence comprises all the world, whose power breaks down every revolter. — I praise Him with the praise of one who proclaims [God’s] unity and professes Islam, I pray to Him with the prayer of the hopeful, the trusting, for He is the God, there is no God but He, the unique, the one, the just, the eternal, there is none begotten to Him, and no begetter, no companion with Him and no helpmate.

— from “Samarkind” in The Assemblies of al-Hariri, by al-Hariri of Basrah

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al-Hariri of Basrah (1054–1122) was an Arab poet and scholar who has been compared in his genius with the Arabic language to Shakespeare’s with the English language. His best known work, The Assemblies of al-Hariri, is a series of 50 anecdotes written in highly polished prose that employs rhythm, rhyme, wordplay and a highly restrictive series of conventions and devices by which the poet would challenge his skill and inspiration. The Assemblies is one of the most quoted and memorized of poems in the Arabic world.

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The Assemblies is one of the most quoted and memorized of poems in the Arabic world.
The Assemblies is one of the most quoted and memorized of poems in the Arabic world.

Praise be to Allah, the exalted of names, the praised for His bounties, the abundant in gifts, the called upon for the rescinding of calamity; —king of the nations, restorer of rotten bones, honorer of the folks of forbearance and generosity…whose cognizance comes up with every secret, whose compassion encompasses every obdurate in sin, whose munificence comprises all the world, whose power breaks down every revolter. — I praise Him with the praise of one who proclaims [God’s] unity and professes Islam, I pray to Him with the prayer of the hopeful, the trusting, for He is the God, there is no God but He, the unique, the one, the just, the eternal, there is none begotten to Him, and no begetter, no companion with Him and no helpmate.

— from “Samarkind” in The Assemblies of al-Hariri, by al-Hariri of Basrah

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al-Hariri of Basrah (1054–1122) was an Arab poet and scholar who has been compared in his genius with the Arabic language to Shakespeare’s with the English language. His best known work, The Assemblies of al-Hariri, is a series of 50 anecdotes written in highly polished prose that employs rhythm, rhyme, wordplay and a highly restrictive series of conventions and devices by which the poet would challenge his skill and inspiration. The Assemblies is one of the most quoted and memorized of poems in the Arabic world.

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