The poetry of Osama bin Laden to be published
Poetry is often said to be in the heart of lovers, artists, and great thinkers but many in the west will be suprised that Osama bin Laden is a poet. Bin Laden is according to Professor Flagg Miller of the University of California an accomplished both as a written and performance poet.
Even more suprising is that Bin Laden is well known as a wedding raconteur.
Some are arguing that the poems of Bin Laden should not be allowed to be published here due to his masterminding of terrorist attacks as part of his jihad on the west however some poems will be published this coming week in the Language and Communications Journal and it will be interesting to see how they are received by critics and the public at large.
One of the world's most wanted men is about to be a published poet.
The poems of Osama bin Laden are to be published next week in the Language and Communications Journal, an academic publication.
Professor Flagg Miller of the University of California has been studying bin Laden's poetry for four years, working with audio recordings originally found in the al-Qaeda leader's Afghanistan compound.
Miller said the man who masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks is quite the wordsmith.
He used to recite poetry at weddings and he frequently used it in public forums where he was trying to recruit young men.
"There was a variety of occasions he delivered this poetry … so they were sometimes given to large audiences when he was recruiting for jihad in Afghanistan and afterwards, and other times they are delivered at weddings, and far more personal contexts," Miller said.
To many people Osama Bin Laden is the ultimate barbarian, to others an elusive Muslim warrior. Most know him simply as the world's most wanted man.
Few would imagine him as a published poet or wedding raconteur.
But now a host of previously unpublished speeches made by the man accused of planning the 9/11 attacks on the US are to be made public.
They include sermons and readings delivered at a wide range of events from weddings to jihadi recruitment sessions.