The Dragon and the Crescent

The Dragon and the Crescent

Genre: Poetry
Tag: Moved from Wrexham
ASIN: 185411557X

Nine Centuries of Contact with Islam

In The Dragon and the Crescent poet and critic Grahame Davies explores the relationship between Wales and Islam through a compilation of writings by Welsh authors.

About the Book

Stretching back to the Crusades, through the eighteenth century and William Williams Pantycelyn’s influential book on world religions, to the present-day, the book takes in a range of writing (and attitudes), including the publication of the controversial cartoons of Mohammed in the Welsh magazines Gair Rhydd and Y Llan. There are memoirs and letters from missionaries, military diaries and journals, hymns, poems and stories, travel writings and even a poem from 2006 by Gwynfor ab Ifor about the mentality of a suicide bomber.

A fascinating and at times unexpected view of Welsh, British and Islamic history.

The authors featured include: Ann Griffiths, Eluned Morgan, T Gwynn Jones, Llywelyn ap Grffudd, Cynan, TE Lawrence, Lloyd George, Wiliam Owen Roberts, Islwyn Ffowc Elis, Iwan Llwyd, Gwenallt, Gwyn Williams and Angharad Tomos.

About the Author
Grahame Davies

Grahame Davies is a Welsh poet, author and lyricist, who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award. As a much-sought-after lyricist, he collaborates extensively with composers and wrote the words for the song 'Sacred Fire', which, with Sarah Class's music performed by South African soprano Pretty Yende, was one of the musical highlights of the Coronation of King Charles III in May 2023, and was described by Andrew Lloyd Webber as 'mesmerising'. .