Early English translation

[Mu'allaqat]. Johnson, F[rank] E[rnest]. [Al-Sab' al-mu'allaqat]. The Seven Poems, Suspended in the Temple of Mecca.

Bombay, printed at the Education Society's Steam Press, Byculla, 1893.

XXIII, (1), 236, (2) pp. (including final leaf of errata). Publisher's cloth lettered in gilt.


First edition, text in English and Arabic. An important early translation into English, by the Royal Artillery captain and linguist F. E. Johnson (1861-1945), of the "Mu'allaqat" ("The Suspended Odes"), with extensive notes and explanations. Considered one of the primary sources for early written Arabic poetry, these poems are believed to have been hung in the Kaaba at Mecca (though some scholars have also suggested that the titular "suspension" is figurative, indicating that the poems "hang" in the reader's mind). With an analytical introduction by Arabic scholar Shaikh Faizullabhai (Faid Allah Bahai).

A good, bright copy.