Lecture on H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, Falcons, and Abbasid Hunting Poetry by Professor James E.
Date: 22 October 2013
Lecture on H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, Falcons, and Abbasid Hunting Poetry
by Professor James E. Montgomery (The Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic and Fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge, UK)
6.30pm, December 10th, 2013 at the InterContinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi is famous for its passion for falcons. Poems composed about hunting with falcons are also very popular. This lecture, by a historian not a hunter, takes as its starting point a much-loved poem by H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan about hunting with a young falcon and offers a survey of Arabic hunting poetry from the Abbasid era. It will present an overview of the varieties of hunting practised by the Abbasids and outline the range of animals we encounter in the poems. A number of hunting poems will be read in Arabic and English translation and some parallels with H.H. Sheikh Zayed's poem will be suggested from the classical period. The lecture will consider why poetry is such an apt medium for expressing the unique bond that so often exists between man and animal.