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AbstractK urdish poet Salim Barakat (b. 1951, Qamishli, Syria)in 1986 published a philosophical poem entitled Haza’in Manhuba (Glimpsesof Spoliation), the whole of which I have translated from the original Arabicand included as annotated appendix. Barakat writes modern secular poetry in agenre I describe as modern Islamic literature, a genre that finds its roots inthe Turkic poetry of Shah Isma’il I who founded the Safavid dynasty in Persia.Barakat’s theoretical model for his philosophical poem within theaforementioned genre, and his use of meaning-making techniques of repetition isto be found in the arena of ancient Greek literature. It is, however,essentially his concept of history that affords him space to include thesemeaning-making poetic techniques as he strives to present to his readership anexact description of the revolts, uprisings and insurgencies that have beenongoing since the Abbasid caliphate. He explains the why and how of thewrongdoing, and the consequences on the Day of Judgment, the divine sphere ofaction functioning as part of his historical narrative. His symbols, in thisparticular poem, lean less on the Persian and Arabic Sufi poets. He rathercreates symbols of his own, symbols that provide an aura of the scientific, andare as “unimaginative” as possible – being symbols of the most basic kind. Asusual, his extraordinarily skilled and extensive use of devices of repetitionreflect his Kurdish heritage.