The Agha Shahid Ali Archive

The Beloved Witness

The Beloved Witness project is a Mellon-funded digital archive of the video-taped readings, personal documents, letters, and manuscripts of Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001). The archive is a collaborative effort which will expand through contributions of letters, documents, critical perspectives and creative responses from colleagues, friends and readers of Shahid's works.


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poem fragments on love and longing, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-033, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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draft of "The Empress of Ice Cream"; prose titled "The Absent Demonstrator", Poem Publication History: The Veiled Suite: The Collected Poems of Agha Shahid Ali, Copyright status: Copyright 2009 by the Agha Shahid Ali Literary Trust, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-040, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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nearly blank page that reads at the top: absolute zero? lower yet, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-051, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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notes for ghazals, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-048, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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notes about Shahid's father's adoptive mother and draft of story about a dying woman, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-047, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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miscell poem fragments on Kashmir and childhood, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-049, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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a letter "to Shahid" from the homeland that actually seems to be in his own handwriting. there is discussion of distance, grief, misfortune, and hardship in that "far-away place", Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-054, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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draft of sestina; quote from Ibn Zaydun;, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-050, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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adoptive mother of Shahid's father, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-046, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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notes for a class that Shahid was preparing to teach, informal lesson plan and list of reminders to self, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-056, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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notes for a class that Shahid was preparing to teach, informal lesson plan and list of reminders to self, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-052, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.
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crossed out notes, Original digital object name: shahid-man-103a-001-053, This digital resource is provided by The Beloved Witness, a project sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, United States.