The Death of Imam Hussein
Lang, John, M A R G I N: life & letters in early Australia
Readers may have read a little while ago about the bombing of the Tomb of Imam Hussein in Iraq who is revered by the Shiite Moslems all over the world. His tomb is a sacred place for them. His body is housed in a special tomb inside the splendid mosque. The head of Imam Hussein is buried elsewhere.
John Lang's poem The Death of Imam Hussien was published in the Mofussilite in 185???? simply entitled The Death of Hussein and some time later in the year was published as a book in Lahore, a famous city now part of Pakistan with the title amended to The Death of Imam Hussein, to give the man his correct title. There is a copy of the book in the British Library and I was able to make a copy when I was there last year.
The account of the death as depicted by Lang is fairly accurate and taken from records and dates from a very early period in Moslem History. Lang used his knowledge of the Persian language to write his poem. The story has great religious aspects because Imam Hussein was descended from the great prophet Mohammed the founder of the Moslem faith. …