speak, in someone else’s tongue, / It’s still you in my voice, My sainted Mother’s voice, / Snug like a lover’s warmth! / For, Man here below, in spite of having learnt, his brute oppressor’s tongue, / Has kept the looks the tone, Has kept the pitch, the pulse, / Of his forefather’s inflections, of his
and its traditions.” 27 Voices like Shohat’s became dominant in Zionist and Israeli historiography, and a discourse on teaching Arabic from a position of economic separation came to seem normative. 28 Ha-Shomer rarely acknowledged the tension at the heart of its endeavour: by striving for closeness
language. In comparison, the poetry of Ahmad Shawqi (1868–1932), the Egyptian “Prince of Poets” and the leading voice of Arabic neo-classicism, is easy to read. The predilection for rare words even influenced the prose in al-Khatib’s essays: see for example the muqaddima (foreword) to the second part of
one of the major urban centres of the Empire’s Arab territory allowed it to create a bridge between the languages of the city and the region, by becoming an efficient multilingual printing house. Thus, from the time of the British Mandate, it was the national printing house, a place where the voices
author was, I presume, Yunus Nadi [Abalıoğlu 9 ], a leading figure of Republican Turkey, once close to Talât Pacha, now a friend of Mustafa Kemal and the chief editor of the Cumhuriyet . This daily newspaper was known to be the semi-official voice of Ankara in Istanbul, the former capital of the
Thomas, another Chaldean, in a 1898 article for the nationalist-inclined Urmian newspaper Voice of Truth. 40 As expected from the use the Serughian metre, there is a bit more in the way of formal craft to mine in “Rousing Cry” than in Faiq’s other verse. One of the best-crafted lines is the first in
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