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Islamic Mystical Poetry 2

The poetic tradition of Islam expresses an aspect very different from theological/legal understandings, and is centred on love, yearning and ecstatic union with the divine. This course will focus on four major poets from the classical period (12-13th C).

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2012-10-08 14:08
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Document The poetry of Sana'i

A selection of poems by the great poet of Ghazna, whose Diwan of odes, lyrics and quatrains come to 872 pages in a modern edition.

Document Introduction to Persian mystical poetry

A short slide overview of the features of the classical Persian tradition of poetry, covering a basic general history, language and names of the...

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Document Nizami Ganjavi

An introduction by Jane Clark to Nizami's life and works, with notes on the approach we are taking on this course to mystical poetry, especially...

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Document Nizami extracts

Three extracts from Nizami's works, in Englsh translation, for study and discussion.

Document Attar poetry texts

These are selected extracts from 'Attar's most famous epic poem, The Conference of the Birds (Mantiq al-tayr): it consists of parts of the...

Document A Ghazal by ʿAttar

This love-poem (ghazal) by ʿAttar combines several metaphors for the burning power of annihilation (fana') that are common in his work: the moth...

Document 'Attar booklist

A short bibliography of translations of 'Attar's work in English.

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Document ʿAttar extras

Three pieces of poetry by ʿAttar, translated by different scholars, two from the Conference of the Birds and one from the Book of Secrets (Asrar-...

Document Awhad al-Din Kirmani

A talk by Jane Clark, inroducing the poet Kirmani's life and times and the form of the queatrain for which he was famous.

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Document Kirmani poems

A selection of 4-line poems or quatrains (ruba'i) by Kirmani on different themes (repentance, Sufi path, lover and beloved, and union and the...

Document The Diwan of Ibn 'Arabi

This is a brief introduction by Stephen Hirtenstein to the huge collection of poetry which Ibn 'Arabi wrote - not only the printed (Bulaq) edition...

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Document Poems from Ibn 'Arabi's Diwan

A selection of poems in English translation from the Diwan of Ibn 'Arabi - covering a variety of styles and ranging from 4 single-line poems (...

Document A monorhyme poem from the Diwan of Ibn 'Arabi

This poem, in Arabic and English, is an example of a particular kind of poem, known as the monorhyme, where the final word of each line is the...

Document A poem on Love by Ibn 'Arabi

A poem with commentary by In 'Arabi from his Diwan, translated by Stephen Hirtenstein.

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Document Islamic Mystical Poetry booklist

This is a booklist covering all five weeks of the course, with suggested reading for each of the four poets as well as a brief general...

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Link Nizami: ballet of Seven Beauties

This ia a recording of a ballet by Kara Karayev, a 20th-century Azeri composer, based on the 'Seven Beauties' (Haft Paykar) masterpiece by Nizami....

Document Ibn 'Arabi's 'Tarjuman al-ashwaq'

A lecture by Jane Clark giving some background to the writing of 'The Translator of Desires' and to the poems studied in week 5 of the course.

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Document Selected poems from 'The Interpreter of Desires'

Poems 1 and 16, plus the last section of Poem 11.

Document Notes on Poem 16

Brief notes by Jane Clark on some of the terminology used in Poem 16, plus a selection from Ibn 'Arabi's own commentary.

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