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Islamic Mystical Poetry 5

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 poets from the later classical period (14th C).

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2014-01-17 17:12
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Document Introduction

An overview of the course, the period of the 14th century which it covers, and an introduction to the life and and work of Shabistarī (d.1390)

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Document Week 1: Shabistarī's 'Gulshan-i-rāz

Excerpts from Inquiry 2, on Reflection (tafakkur).

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Document Week 2: Hajji Bayram and the early Ottoman tradition

The early Ottoman tradition of Sufism constituted a remarkable flowering. In order to understand the poetic tradition of the Ottomans, especially...

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Document Week 2: five poems by Hajji Bayram

These five poems by Hajji Bayram are well known and loved in Sufi circles in Turkey. They are the only ones considered to be authentically by...

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Document An Introduction to Amir Khusrau

An introduction to the life and work of Amir Khusrau (1253-1325), who lived and worked under the Delhi Sultanate in Northern India.

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Document Week 3: Selected Poems of Amir Khusrau

A selection of seven poems taken from Paul Lozensky and Sunil Sharma,  In the Bazaar of Love, Penguin, London, 2013.


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Document Hafiz: life and times, an introduction

This is a brief introduction to the life and times of Hafiz, considered by many to be the best lyric mystical poet of all time. We look at the...

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Document Hafiz poems 1

This selection of two poems by Hafiz contrasts the different translation styles that have been used by recent translators to render his poems into...

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