The fourth and final program in Los Angeles Public Library's, "Poetic Voices of the Muslim World" series of talks and performances. The qasida is a long, rhymed ode common to Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu literature. Dr. Michaels Sells will discuss the remarkable richness of language and range of emotions evoked by Arabic Golden Age poets Imru al-Qays and al-Mutanabbi. He will also describe how the qasida is still used today in forms as varied as political commentaries and village weddings. His talk will be followed by a performance by renowned Palestinian-American musician Zafer Tawil and his ensemble.