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The Reflecting Heart: Mystical Islamic Poetry 8

The poetic tradition of Islam expresses an aspect very different from theological understandings, being centred on love, beauty and the yearning for union. This course will focus on themes of mirroring and reflection in the work of four major poets.

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2016-01-20 15:07
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Document The Heart of the Faithful

An article by Seyyed Hossein Nasr giving an overview of 'the heart' within Islamic thought. From "Paths to the Heart", Sufism and the Christian...

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Document List of Texts

A list of the texts and translations that we will read on the course.

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Document Week 1:Texts

Some quotations on the theme of reflection within Islamic thought, and the text read in class; The Chinese and Greek Painters, from Rumi's '...

Document Week 2 Texts

The Meeting with the Simurgh: extract from 'Attar's 'Conference of the Birds'

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Document The Chinese and Greek Painters

Two alternative versions of the story from Muhammad al-Ghazali and Ibn 'Arabi

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Document Ibn 'Arabi on Reflection in Mirrors

Extract from 'Fusus al-hikam',Chapter of Seth

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Document An Introduction to 'Attar's Conference of the Birds

A brief outline of 'Attar's life and work, plus some background on 'Confernece of the Birds'

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Document Week 2: Texts

'The Meeting with the Simurgh' from Conference of the Birds', in the translation by Dick Davies and Afkahm Darbandi (Penguin,1984)

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