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In the verses of Jordan’s most popular poet, the hopes and fears of the Arab world

The Bedouin poet Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya. Author provided

The Bedouin poet Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya. Author provided William Tamplin, Harvard University Muhammad Fanatil al-Hajaya’s poetry is full of arguments one would hear on the streets of Amman, Riyadh and Cairo, in coffee shops, barber shops and taxis. Laden with animals, conspiracy theories and apocalyptic rhetoric, his verses reflect how many Arabs – educated and uneducated, urban and rural, rich …

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