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From the beautiful odes of Jalaluddin Rumi to the whimsy of nonsense verse, this is a detailed and readable introduction to the development of Islamic mystical poetry. Annemarie Schimmel has drawn exhaustively on an enormous range of sources both ancient and modern to create this thorough survey of a unique body of literature. Travelling from continent to continent across the centuries, this fascinating story of Islamic poetry encompasses a wide spectrum of traditions and cultures, from Arabic religious verse to...
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Overview


From the beautiful odes of Jalaluddin Rumi to the whimsy of nonsense verse, this is a detailed and readable introduction to the development of Islamic mystical poetry. Annemarie Schimmel has drawn exhaustively on an enormous range of sources both ancient and modern to create this thorough survey of a unique body of literature. Travelling from continent to continent across the centuries, this fascinating story of Islamic poetry encompasses a wide spectrum of traditions and cultures, from Arabic religious verse to the ecstasies of the Persian Sufis and the popular folk poetry of India and Pakistan. Showing how the varying strands of the tradition unite to form one single message of all-embracing love, Schimmel also covers such specific topics as: • the challenges of interpreting verse that is both sensual and sacred • sacrifice and spiritual love • the role of the feminine in folk poetry An accessible introduction for the general reader, this insightful account also contains detailed notes and a full bibliography for scholars and students, and will serve as an indispensable companion to some of the most exquisite literature ever penned.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781851682744
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Flowers of the Desert: The Development of Arabic Mystical Poetry 11
2 Tiny Mirrors of Divine Beauty: Classical Persian Mystical Poetry 49
3 Sun Triumphal - Love Triumphant: Maulana Rumi and the Metaphors of Love 83
4 The Voice of Love: Mystical Poetry in the Vernaculars 135
5 God's Beloved and Intercessor for Man: Poetry in Honor of the Prophet 171
Abbreviations Used in Notes and Bibliography 213
Notes 215
Bibliography 293
Index of Selected Quotations 237
Index of Proper Names 331
Index of Technical Terms 347
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