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sobriquet of a half-legendary Arab Bedouin poet of the late seventh century, Qays ibn Mulauwah of the Banu Amir tribe, famed for his devoted love for the tribeswoman Laylah. According to tradition, Laylah’s father married her to another, and the unhappy poet went away into the desert, where he composed verses in honor of his beloved.

The prose tale of Majnun and Laylah, which originally took the form of a commentary to the poet’s verses (whose authenticity it is difficult to establish), subsequently began an independent existence and inspired many poets and prose writers of the East.


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In this book, we find centuries-old traditional Arabic love poetry by al-Mutanabbi, Buhtrui, and from Layla and Majnun by the Persian poet Ni[sz][bar]oami Ganjavi.
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Layla and Majnun (folk story / Nizami Ganjavi, 1192)
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Also, among the pieces that are going to be displayed at the museum are a small Persian manuscript that tells the Arabic heritage poem, Layla and Majnun , written by prominent poet Ahmed Shawky, which tells the love story that took place in the seventh century between Qais ibn Al-Mulawah and his lover Layla.
Even though she still considers herself "very much the new girl" at Mark Morris Dance Group (she became a full-time member in August 2017), in a recent performance of Layla and Majnun, Haarmann seemed completely in her element.
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Arguably, Clapton's biggest hit Layla (1970) was inspired by the classical poet of Persian literature, Nizami Ganjavi's The Story of Layla and Majnun. The book moved Clapton profoundly, as it was the tale of a young man who fell hopelessly in love with a beautiful, unavailable woman and who went crazy because he could not marry her.
How true love should be is tried to be shown by the play making reference to Layla and Majnun, Romeo and Juliet and Tristan and Isolde.
The film, which had its world premiere at Venice in September, is a contemporary update of "Layla and Majnun," a pre-Islamic Arab folktale of unrequited love.
She says she was "blown away" by a traditional staging of Layla and Majnun and now teaches an English version of the libretto to her students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.