J E Montgomery

J E Montgomery is Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic and Professorial Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. He is also an Executive Editor of the Library of Arabic Literature, an ambitious venture, funded by New York University Abu Dhabi Research Institute, to edit and translate Classical Arabic texts. He has published many articles and the following four books: The Vagaries of the Qasidah. On the Tradition and Practice of Early Arabic Poetry (Warminster, 1997); Al-Jahiz: In Praise of Books (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013); Ibn Fadlan, Mission to the Volga (New York: New York University Press, 2014), and with Ignacio Sanchez, Ikhwan al-Safa' Epistle 4: On Geography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). Forthcoming books include: War Machine: The Poetry of Antarah ibn Shaddad and al-Jahiz: Theological Epistles, both for the Library of Arabic Literature. He is an on-and-off contributor to BBC Radio 3 and 4. His latest obsession is the novels of Kurt Vonnegut and ninth century Arabic hunting poetry. He has been invited to lecture to the third International Falconry Festival in Abu Dhabi.

Horse, Hawk and Cheetah: 3 Arabic Hunting Poems of Abū Nuwās

These three early ninth-century Arabic poems are examples of a genre of hunting poetry popular from the eighth to the tenth centuries. Three animals are described: a horse; a tiercel gos; and a cheetah.

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