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"Known in English as The Mantle Ode, this qasida was written by Imam al-Busiri (1211–1294, Egypt) in praise of the Prophet Muhammad, whom the poet believed cured him of paralysis by appearing to him in a dream and wrapping him in a mantle. Venerated by Muslims, this is one of the world’s most frequently recited poems, often to celebrate birth or lament the dead." Image courtesy of the St. Louis Public Library

From Rumi To Million's Poet: “Bridging Cultures: Poetic Voices of The Muslim World” at the Central Library

"Bridging Cultures," a traveling exhibit from Poets House in New York, spans the distance between Sufi mystic Rumi and El General, the Tunisian rapper whose song became soundtrack for his country's revolution. more »

Apr 27, 2015 1:49 PM Literary

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