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Lecture: The Art and Artifice of Poetry | Hamza Yusuf & Scott Crider

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Lecture Details

Event Date6/12/2018
Event LocationZaytuna College, California
Event Description"The poet is the priest of the invisible." - Wallace Stevens Hamza Yusuf and Scott Crider meet at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California to explore the function and finer details of poetry in our time. Scott F. Crider is a professor of English at the University of Dallas, Constantin College of Liberal Arts. He has published extensively on the works of William Shakespeare and maintains the English Renaissance as one of his major research interests. His other academic interests include ancient and modern rhetorical tradition, the history and character of liberal education, and the English-language Bible as literature. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. Hamza Yusuf is a leading proponent of classical learning in Islam. He is president of Zaytuna College, and has taught courses on Islamic jurisprudence, ethics, astronomy, logic, theology, prophetic biography, and hadith, as well as other subjects. He has published numerous articles and translations, including The Prayer of the Oppressed and Purification of the Heart. He also serves as vice president for the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, an international initiative that seeks to address the root causes that can lead to radicalism and militancy.

Event Transcripts


Quotes Made at this Event

The Republic of Plato - Note: How Aristotle called for the ban of music because it is too powerful
The Odyssey of Homer - "Its an incredible journey home" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
The Odyssey of Homer - Note: SHY mentions this book alot but never really recommends it.
The Illiad - Note: Shy quoted Achilles on lieing
The Illiad - Note: How The Illiad portrays vengeance killings
The Hasty-Pudding: A Poem in Three Cantos - "

I'm going to tell you the truth. You're a young man, and I've been around long enough to know some things.

This is it: We're Aliens, really. This is not our planet. We're just here for a short time. It's like a prison that you've been put in.

Behave well, and you'll get off on good behavior. But ignore the other inmates, because they're crazy.

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
The Hasty-Pudding: A Poem in Three Cantos - Note: The last major American attempt to write an epic poem
The Narrative Poem - Note: Shaykh Hamza discusses epic poetry, and why it's so important
Why Dylan Matters - "

We visited him once (Sidi Jaid), at this point he was Blind... (and) he could barely hear, he was in his Coma. He was on the bed (laying

Mouli Hassan said, "Hamza Yusuf came, he's visiting."

Alhamdullilah, he liked me a lot. There was no response.  We sat there and we read something and then we were about to leave.

Mouli Hassan said, "Mashallah, Ghaib", He is just not here.

And when he said that, Sidi Jaid said, "I'm coming, give me a little time."

That's what he said, "Give me a little time."

And then, we waited a little bit, and he came, and he said "Lift me up."

We sat him up, and he opened his eyes, and he asked for his glasses. Then he started reading Surah Yaseen. and then he just said, "I am really giving the Shayateen such a hard time."

Wallahi, that's what he said, "They're trying to put doubts in me, and I'm just Alhamdulillah."

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Why Dylan Matters - "Bob Dylan, will probably be included in the Canon" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Why Dylan Matters - "I just finished reading a book (Why Dylan Matters" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Dead Poets Society - ""I don’t like the overall message in this movie", but the scene about the mechanics of poetry was good." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf