Politics, Poetry, and Sufism in Medieval Iran: New Perspectives on J?m??s <i>Sal?m?n va Abs?l</i>

Politics, Poetry, and Sufism in Medieval Iran: New Perspectives on J?m??s Sal?m?n va Abs?l

by Chad Lingwood

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004254046
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/15/2013
Series: Studies in Persian Cultural History , #5
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Chad G. Lingwood, Ph.D. (2009), Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, is Assistant Professor of History at Grand Valley State University. He has published articles in Iranian Studies (2011) and Journal of Persianate Studies (2011).

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements
Note on Transliteration and Style
Epigraph
Introduction

Chapter One: APPROACHING JĀMĪ’S SALĀMĀN VA ABSĀL AS A PERSOISLAMIC BOOK OF ADVICE FOR RULERS

The Narrative Context of Salāmān va Absāl
The Provenance of the Salāmān and Absāl Allegory
Ibn Sīnā’s Version of the Allegory
Salāmān and Absāl in Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān
Coded Speech: The Overall Power of Allegory
Salāmān va Absāl, an Esoteric Mirror for Princes
Salāmān va Absāl and the Masnavī of Rūmī
The Historical Significance of Salāmān va Absāl
Overview of the Primary Sources
Salāmān va Absāl by Jāmī
Other Persian Poetry Addressed to Ya‘qūb
Official Court Chronicles and General Histories
Hagiographies and Biographical Works
Literary Anthologies
Letters of Personal Correspondence
Statement of Purpose

Chapter Two: POLITICAL ADVICE FOR RULERS AND MYSTICAL GUIDANCE FOR SUFIS IN SALĀMĀN VA ABSĀL

The Perso-Islamic Tradition of Advice and Advice Literature
Political Advice for Muslim Rulers in Salāmān va Absāl
Being the Shadow of God on Earth
On Heeding the Prayers of the Sufis
Implicit Spiritual Advice for Rulers and Sufi Mystics
Advice on Illuminating the Intellect
The Role of Repentance in Attaining Mystical Enlightenment
Advice on Subduing the Carnal Soul

Chapter Three: THE RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL INFLUENCES OF SUFIS AT THE ĀQ QOYŪNLŪ COURTS OF ŪZŪN ḤASAN AND YA‘QŪB

Dervishes, Sufi Mystics, and the Political Legitimacy of Ūzūn Ḥasan
The Role of the Akhlāq-i Jalālī
Khalvatī Influence on Āq Qoyūnlū Affairs
Shaikh Ībrāhīm Gulshanī at the Court of Ya‘qūb
Naqshbandīs at the Āq Qoyūnlū Court, Tabriz, and Its Environs
The Murder of Darvīsh Qāsim
The Spiritual Relationship between Jāmī and Ya‘qūb

Chapter Four: POETRY AT THE COURT OF YA‘QŪB AND ITS BACKGROUND IN ESTABLISHING AN HISTORICAL CONTEXT FOR
SALĀMĀN VA ABSĀL

Literary Activities in Āq Qoyūnlū Tabriz
Jāmī, the “Āq Qoyūnlū Poet”
The Hasht bihisht and Its Roster of “Lesser-known” Āq Qoyūnlū Poets
Qāżī ‘Īsā Sāvajī: Reform-Minded Vazīr, Poet, and Ill-fated Lover
Qāżī ‘Īsā’s Banishment from Court and His Tell-tale Poetry
Glimpses of Ya‘qūb and His Troubles
Brotherly Discord in the Āq Qoyūnlū Household
Salāmān va Absāl as Art Imitating Life

Chapter Five: A THEOSOPICAL INTERPRETATION OF SALĀMĀN VA ABSĀL AND ITS RELEVANCE TO ITS HISTORICAL SETTING
Salāmān va Absāl and the Masnavī of Rūmī
Love and the Imprint of the Theosophy of Ibn al-‘Arabī
Aspects of the Visionary Experience in Salāmān va Absāl
Salāmān va Absāl as an Historical Allegory
Symbols of Ya‘qūb and His Court in Salāmān va Absāl
Allusions to Naqshbandī Spiritual Techniques in Salāmān va Absāl
The Date of Completion of Salāmān va Absāl

Conclusion

Appendix One. JĀMĪ’S EPISTOLARY REPLY TO YA‘QŪB

Translation
Appendix Two. JĀMĪ’S SALĀMĀN VA ABSĀL
Translation
Bibliography
Index

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