was a writer of Egyptian
origin living in Egypt
in the late 12th century. He incorporated many Sufi
images in his writing and was generally considered a mystic. He served as a soldier under Saladin
during the Third Crusade
and was with the Sultan when he recaptured Jerusalem
. While little is recorded regarding his life's history, it is presumed that he remained in Jerusalem
's victory. This assumption stems from some of his later work which includes plays on the similarity of Hebrew and Arabic words.
His most famous writing is a collection of seven poems called The Week
in which is chronicled seven stages of his relationship with his lover, Qamar. Most of it is lost in obscurity, and only a few 'days' exist. It is also speculated that the work was never finished, although Amir references it in his later writings as if it were complete.
Most of Amir's work remains untranslated in its original Arabic
, although Amir also seemed to have at least a rudimentary understanding of English and Hebrew, presumably learned during his time in Jerusalem
. Original manuscripts remain elusive, although the Egyptian Museum
of Antiquities in Cairo
holds the first and second days of The Week.