Poetry in Turbulent Times: The Role of Poetry
in Political Struggles in the Muslim World 
(audio lecture)
by Tariq Ali
Produced by the L.A. Sound Posse
November 24, 2003

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In this talk, Ali explains the reasons that poetry is so central to his latest book, Bush in Babylon. He reads a number of poems in their entirety, and explains the political context and importance of them. The question and answer section is every bit as interesting, in particular his discussion of the history of the Inquisition, the expulsion from the Iberian Peninsula or forced conversion of Muslims and Jews in the 15th century, and the creation of the modern European identity.


Recorded at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA, November 14, 2003. Recorded by Grace Lee.

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Tariq Ali - Poetry in Turbulent Times

Language: English

  Time: 63:48

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1 Poetry in Turbulent Times 35:00 64 kbps MP3 (16.02 MB) FTP
2 Question and Answer session 28:48 64 kbps MP3 (13.04 MB) FTP


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Tariq Ali
is a critically acclaimed novelist and film-maker. He is most recently author of Bush in Babylon: Re-colonising Iraq (Verso, 2003) and The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (Verso, 2002). Email: tariq.ali3@btinternet.com. This essay first appeared in The Guardian of London.


Other Articles by Tariq Ali


* Resistance is the First Step Towards Iraqi Independence
Bush in Babylon: The Recolonization of Iraq -- An Interview with Tariq Ali
The UN Has Capitulated

* Re-Colonizing Iraq

* A Second Resolution is Not Enough

* Doing as the Romans Did


Audio Lectures by Tariq Ali

* Poetry in Turbulent Times: The Role of Poetry in Political Struggles in the Muslim World

* War, Empire and Resistance





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