Poet of Jordan: The Political Poetry of Muhammad Fanatil Al-Hajaya


In Poet of Jordan, William Tamplin presents two decades’ worth of the political poetry of Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya, a Bedouin poet from Jordan and a public figure whose voice channels a popular strain of popular Arab political thought. Tamplin’s footnoted translations are supplemented with a biography, interviews, and pictures in order to contextualize the man behind the poetry.

The aesthetics and politics of vernacular Arabic poetry have long gone undervalued. By offering a close study of the life and work of Hajaya, Tamplin demonstrates the impact that one poet’s voice can have on the people and leaders of the contemporary Middle East.

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William Tamplin is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He has published translations of and articles on modern Arabic literature.

  Clive Holes
Preliminary Note

  Bedouins and Jordan
  Bedouin Poetry
  The Hajaya Tribe
  Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya

Part 1: The Poems

Balm of the Wound
Not a Baathist, Not a Commie
Oh Condoleezza Rice!
Camel Dung
Nevermore, Oh Muammar
My Pain is Great
Fear the Noose
Flower of the Whites and the Blacks
Occupy My Heart
Daughter of Tough Men
Flower of the Mossad
The Lost Right
Stock Market of My Love
Obama’s Victory
Our Jordan
Noblest of the Fallen
The Arab Spring
Message to the Lion Bashar
Message to Putin of the Russians
Twenty-One Countries
Think of Poor Steven!
Day of Succession
Fight Fire with Fire
Brave Men Slaughtered
Yemen’s Gone
Don’t Think about Maryam
Crocodile Tears
The West’s Crafty Men
Stand Together
Unite the Jews and the Arabs!
I’m the Leader!
Child Killer
Theater of Corruption
Spring of Disaster
Free Arabs’ Revolt
Fire-Hot Stakes
Don’t Slaughter Us!
They Don’t Care about Dhiban
Taste the Honey!
Khalid ibn al-Walid
Abu Ivanka
When Will America Lead Again?

Part 2: Interviews

Interview #1
Interview #2
Interview #3
Interview #4

Part 3: Pictures

All interested in vernacular/Bedouin poetry and its political relevance in the contemporary Arab Middle East.
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