‘The Nabati Poetry of the United Arab Emirates’ wins BRISMES award

Book offers taste of unique form of poetry in translation

LONDON - Ithaca Press is delighted to announce that The Nabati Poetry of the United Arab Emirates, by Clive Holes and Said Salman Abu Athera, has been chosen by the judging panel to be awarded the runner up prize of £1,500 for the BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies) book prize.
The prestigious BRISMES book prize, sponsored by Barclays Capital, and is awarded for the best scholarly work on the Middle East. Particular consideration is given to books of sound scholarship which enhance understanding of the Middle East among a wider readership in the English-speaking world.
The Nabaṭi Poetry of The United Arab Emirates is a collection of poems which in combination give an account of the poetry of the Arab tribes of Arabia and the neighbouring areas, composed in traditional genres of boasting, praise, satire, elegy, advice and guidance, love and lyric poetry.
The book offers the non-Arab reader a taste of this unique form of poetry in translation, and also includes a CD containing recordings of twenty-two of the poems in the original Arabic.
Professor Clive Holes commented, “It is a really great honour for us to receive this recognition for our labours”.


“In western academe, Arabic popular poetry is a very under-researched area, even though it is a living, vibrant tradition, and one which provides unique insights into the lives and thoughts of ordinary Arabs on the affairs of the day, both domestic and international. Reading it provides confirmation, if confirmation were needed, of Ibn Khaldun's famous dictum that the language of poetry need not be 'classical' in order to artful, eloquent and pithy. We hope that our English verse translations will convey something of the flavour of the original Arabic poems to an English-speaking audience”, he added.
The award ceremony took place on the 31st October 2012 at Plaza Suites, Barclays Building, Canary Wharf, London. The award was presented to the authors, Professor Clive Holes and Said Salman Abu Athera, by Tim Peat, MD of Global Events at Barclays.