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AbstractThis article examines the use of Sufi lexicons (iṣṭilāḥāt) through the relatively unknown Mystical Commentary of the Love Lyrics of Ḥāƒiẓ by Abū al-Ḥasan Khatamī Lāhūrī. It resituates the iṣṭilāḥāt within the context of the philosophical-Sufi tradition, engaging theories of metaphor,...
AbstractThis article explains three major Sufi themes of Maḥmūd Shabistarī’s Gulshan-i rāz as connected by the point-circle metaphor that captures the illusory state of a circle formed by the fast motion of a point. Inspired by Ibn ʿArabī, Shabistarī employs this metaphor in his poetic...
AbstractMuḥammad Ibn al-Shihābī al-Ṣūfī composed mystical poems in praise of the prophet Muḥammad, basing much of his verse on the poems of Ibn al-Fāriḍ. While he was not the first to imitate Ibn al-Fāriḍ, Ibn al-Shihābī may have been the first Arabic poet to use consistently a Persian style...
AbstractEarly in Mathnawī Book Two appears a heavily-debated hemistich: “An interval was needed in order that the blood might turn to milk.” Here Rūmī uses three distinct means to introduce the notion of “Transfiguration of the Senses”: a religious conceit; an allegory – in fact, a common...
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