Fellah (Arab) Donkey Boy
, Egypt. Engraving from The Peoples of the World
, Vol. 2, by Robert Brown (London; Paris; New York: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., 1882).
From How Do You Say "Epigram" in Arabic?: Literary History at the Limits of Comparison by Adam Talib, Brill Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures (Leiden, Netherlands; Boston: Brill, 2017). Footnotes omitted.
The vitality, sophistication and sheer diversity of the mujūn-maqṭūʿ subgenre can be seen equally well in the following micro-collection of mujūn maqāṭīʿ-poems from Shihāb ad-Dīn al-Ḥijāzī al-Khazrajī’s (d. 875/1471) Rawḍ al-ādāb (part three, chapter eight), an important literary anthology discussed in the previous chapter:
[Poem 23] Ṣadr ad-Dīn Ibn ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq:
I’ve got a big (kabīr) cock. So when the young boy (ṣaghīr) said,
“Stab my insides and be valiant!”
I said, “It’s not permitted.” But he replied,
“I say it is” so I fucked him on his own authority (taqlīd).
Group of men lining up to have anal sex
with a youth. Ottoman
miniature painting from a 1691 copy of the Quintet of Atâyî
(خمسۂ عطاۓ Hamse-i Atâyî
) by Nev'îzâde Atâyî (1583–1635). Istanbul, Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi, Inv. No. 1969.