Sunday, March 28, 2010

Poetic Courage


A Saudi poet courageously takes on repressive clerics on live TV Idol-type show.

According to The Huffington Post :
Hissa Hilal, only her eyes visible through her black veil, delivered a blistering poem against Muslim preachers "who sit in the position of power" but are "frightening" people with their fatwas, or religious edicts, and "preying like a wolf" on those seeking peace.
Her poems won her cheers from the audience ...but also death threats.

As Bookninja says :
Everyone involved in literature and women’s rights the world should be pulling for her to win and then offering her whatever help and/or shelter she needs to deal with the repercussions her win.
And there is a lesson about courage here I think for all of us to learn.

(Thanks Pang for sending me this story via Facebook.)


dreamer idiot said...

What courage! Poetry to the People!

ummahzy said...

So many things going on in KSA leave me embarassed, namely how people are embracing the worst of western culture and failing to preserve and promote the true history of Islam. I have to say I felt good when I read: "Poetry holds a prominent place in Arab culture, and some poets in the Middle East have a fan base akin to those of rock stars."

I'll be rooting for this sister to win the big prize, on 31 March and in the hereafter!