The Exalted Kingdom of Values and Wisdom by Mohammad Albaba
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“In his Preface, Albaba states that he will present “four themes—love, family, storytelling, and personal experiences.” The overarching topic in almost every poem is the author’s Islamic faith…The overall mode of this book is didactic, and the language is mostly ordinary and prose-like.
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The divan is composed of 30 poems under 5 themes with a total of 600 verses. It is rich in wisdom and instills and emphasizes certain universal values and ethics. The divan opens a window for the reader to better understand and know about Arabic and Islamic cultures through the eyes of a son of these cultures. In addition, it familiarizes the reader with some topics from Arabic and English literature. Not only is the divan a poetry book, but it is also a book of culture, literature, memories, and some transferrable lessons and experiences encountered by the author. The divan embraces diversity in different aspects such as the diversity of themes (love, family, storytelling, riddles, and personal experiences), the diversity of topics (love, friendship, expatriation, justice, and miscommunication, to name a few), the diversity of emotions (some poems are touching, such as elegies, while others are hilarious), and the diversity of poem types and rhyming schemes (sonnets, limericks, acrostics, lists and confessional poems, etc.).
 

About Mohammad Albaba

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The author has been fond of poetry since childhood, and he memorizes tens of poems, stanzas, and verses. For the author, not only does poetry represent a source of pleasure and amusement through meter, rhyme, and eloquence, but it is also a significant source of inspiration, motivation, and guidance that affects his decisions and shapes many of the principles and values he lives by. The reader will benefit from the author’s rich personality irrigated by a variety of cultures (Arabic, English, Islamic, and Western cultures), literature, experiences, and backgrounds, and this is clearly reflected in his poetry. For example, in one section of this book the author narrates an astonishing story from Arabic literature along with a translation of the poetry therein and then presents his own English adaptation of that amazing poetry.
 
Published February 26, 2015 by AuthorHouse. 121 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Below average
on Aug 18 2014

“In his Preface, Albaba states that he will present “four themes—love, family, storytelling, and personal experiences.” The overarching topic in almost every poem is the author’s Islamic faith…The overall mode of this book is didactic, and the language is mostly ordinary and prose-like.

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