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As Through a Veil : Mystical Poetry in Islam - Annemarie Schimmel

As Through a Veil

Mystical Poetry in Islam

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This text presents the complicated story of how a poetic tradition evolved in a number of different languages over a period of twelvehundred years. It involves the history of Sufism, the tensions between mysticism and orthodoxy in Islamic thought and the problem of interpreting a poetic language which is both sensual and sacred. The first three chapters consider initially the development of mystical poetry in Arabic from the 9th century, including the work of Hallaj, and then move on to discuss Persian poetry in a similar manner, with particular focus on the work of Rumi. The diffusion of Arabic and Persian literary influence in the many other languages spoken in the vast area affected by Islam is the subject of the final two chapters, which cover firstly folk poetry and, subsequently, poetry in praise of the Prophet.

Introductionp. 1
Flowers of the Desert: The Development of Arabic Mystical Poetryp. 11
Tiny Mirrors of Divine Beauty: Classical Persian Mystical Poetryp. 49
Sun Triumphal - Love Triumphant: Maulana Rumi and the Metaphors of Lovep. 83
The Voice of Love: Mystical Poetry in the Vernacularsp. 135
God's Beloved and Intercessor for Man: Poetry in Honor of the Prophetp. 171
Abbreviations Used in Notes and Bibliographyp. 213
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 293
Index of Selected Quotationsp. 237
Index of Proper Namesp. 331
Index of Technical Termsp. 347
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ISBN: 9781851682744
ISBN-10: 1851682740
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 1st July 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised