Comments on: Arab Rationalist & Animal Rights Poetry Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:53:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: skepticalvegan Thu, 08 Mar 2012 18:20:25 +0000 The reference to wool was from here Religious Asceticism By G B Gupta.

“He wore a dress of undyed wool and wooden shoes…”

It could certainly be wrong, I found it hard to come by good, in-depth sources on him.
I would love a link to the poem mentioning cotton if you have it. I did just find a reference to him advising people to wear “cotton, neither green nor yellow nor dark- grey”

I’ll definitely listen to your podcast soon when I get the chance.

By: Ian Thu, 08 Mar 2012 17:59:35 +0000 He’s amazing.

I didn’t find the reference to him wearing wool, but I did find a poem addressed to Sufis in which he comments that they wear wool where as he wears cotton.

There are a couple of other things you might be disappointed about (he talks about his slave, for example; one aspect of a deeply unequal society rather than the racist industrial mass slavery of recent western history, but still …)

But overall an astounding life.

We did an episode of our internet radio show about him: Rebel Poet: Benjamin Zephaniah discusses the life of Abul ‘ala Al-Ma’arri. You might find it interesting; please share it if you do.