The King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas will present “Zajal Live: A Poetic Duel in Lebanese Arabic” at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the Reynolds Center, in the Walton College of Business on the Fayetteville campus.

The program consists of a performance by “two of Lebanon’s masters of the art of oral poetry – zajal – Antoine Saadeh and Bassam Harb,” according to a UA news release, “King Fahd Center Hosts Lebanese Oral Poetry Duel.”

Zajal is a traditional form of Arabic oral poetry, partially improvised and sometimes sung, by pairs of poets, sometimes multiple pairs.

To introduce the program, UA professor Adnan Haydar will explain the “rules of engagement.”

Earlier, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in room 408 of the Science and Engineering building, UA instructor Paula Haydar will discuss the history and tradition of zajal poetry. This session is also free and open to the public.

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