The Call of the Free: An adaptation of Riḍā al-Khafājī’s Ṣawt al-Ḥurr al-Riyāḥi [Hardback]

Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi (Author)

ISBN: 9780993588419 | Published by: The Shīah Institute Press | Series: The ʿĀshūrāʾ Literature Series | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 72p, H234 x W156 (mm)

The Call of the Free


The Call of the Free portrays the events leading up to the massacre of al-Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī, his family, and his companions at Karbala on the day of ʿĀshūrāʾ in 61 AH/680 CE, as seen through the eyes of al-Ḥurr al-Riyāḥī, a man caught between his duties as a soldier of the Umayyad Caliphate and his conscience.

In Ṣawt al-Ḥurr al-Riyāḥī, the Iraqi poet and playwright Riḍā al-Khafājī invigorates the historical narrative of al-Ḥurr’s defection, and the turmoil of his conscience, by introducing the character of The Caller—a mysterious voice from the unseen. This adaptation into English by Sayyid Amjad H. Shah Naqavi seeks to introduce the long theatrical tradition of Mystery plays in honour of ʿĀshūrāʾ to the Anglophone world —offering the reader an insight into the rich commemorative practices surrounding the lamentation of the massacre at Karbala.

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