Baker of Tarifa

Baker of Tarifa

by Shadab Zeest Hashmi


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Shadab Hashmi has created an illuminating work that is both filled with scholarly research and the finest contemporary poetry. With a look back at Al Andalus, that period in Spanish history where Islam, Judaism, and Christianity lived mostly in harmony, Shadab has given us a revealing look at our current world where Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are often at odds. She shows what is possible when these cultures create together and what is lost when they descend into conflict and war. The writing in Baker of Tarifa is superb. Shadab is surely a gifted poet, with something important to say.

‘These ghosts, like fireflies, glow only for an instant. I have come to catch their light.’ Shadab Zeest Hashmi opens a door on the world of Islamic Spain, Al Andalus, and through luminous anecdote, portrait and contemplation, reveals a world rich in history, rich humanity.
—Sam Hamill

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982734346
Publisher: Poetic Matrix Press
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Shadab Zeest Hashmi is a Pushcart nominee and winner of the San Diego Book Award for poetry for BAKER OF TARIFA—a book based on the history of interfaith tolerance in Al Andalus (Muslim Spain). Her work has been included in the Seeds of Peace concert with the award-winning Al Andalus Ensemble, in the film Cruzando Lineas: Crossing Lines, and has been translated into Urdu by Pakistan Academy of Arts and Letters. She has presented her series of poems and photographs titled "Across the Windowsill" at San Diego Museum of Art. She has served as an editor for the annual Magee Park Anthology and the online journal MahMag World Literature and has taught as a visiting professor in the MFA program at San Diego State University. She has published her poetry and prose in numerous journals worldwide and represents Pakistan on UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry.

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