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A Distant Fire: Ibn al-Shahrazūrī’s Mystical Ode and Arabic Sufi Verse

A Distant Fire: Ibn al-Shahrazūrī’s Mystical Ode and Arabic Sufi Verse The al-Mawṣiliyya by al-Murṭaḍā Ibn al-Shahrazūrī (d. 511/1117) is among the earliest Arabic odes on Sufism. Ibn al-Shahrazūrī drew from the Arabic qaṣīda tradition, the Qur’an, and Sufism to compose his elegant poem on the quest for mystical illumination. This article offers a critical Arabic edition of the ode along with an English translation. This is followed by a close reading of the poem and the consideration of poetic and religious influences on Ibn al-Shahrazūrī, and the possible influence of his ode on later Sufi verse, including that by Ibn al-Fāriḍ, Ibn al-ʿArabī, ʿĀʾisha al-Bāʿūniyya, and al-Nābulusī. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Sufi Studies Brill

A Distant Fire: Ibn al-Shahrazūrī’s Mystical Ode and Arabic Sufi Verse

Journal of Sufi Studies , Volume 4 (1-2): 27 – Nov 13, 2015

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2210-5948
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2210-5956
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10.1163/22105956-12341275
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Abstract

The al-Mawṣiliyya by al-Murṭaḍā Ibn al-Shahrazūrī (d. 511/1117) is among the earliest Arabic odes on Sufism. Ibn al-Shahrazūrī drew from the Arabic qaṣīda tradition, the Qur’an, and Sufism to compose his elegant poem on the quest for mystical illumination. This article offers a critical Arabic edition of the ode along with an English translation. This is followed by a close reading of the poem and the consideration of poetic and religious influences on Ibn al-Shahrazūrī, and the possible influence of his ode on later Sufi verse, including that by Ibn al-Fāriḍ, Ibn al-ʿArabī, ʿĀʾisha al-Bāʿūniyya, and al-Nābulusī.

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Journal of Sufi StudiesBrill

Published: Nov 13, 2015

Keywords: ʿAbd Allāh b. ʿAnama al-Ḍabbī; ʿĀʾisha al-Bāʿūniyya; the Burning Bush; al-Ḥallāj; al-Ḥārith b. Ḥilliza; Ibn al-ʿArabī; Ibn al-Fāriḍ; Ibn Khallikān; Ibn al-Shahrazūrī; Labīd b. Rabīʿa; Laylā; al-Mawṣiliyya ; Moses; Mt. Sinai; Muḥammad b. Ṣāliḥ al-ʿAlawī; al-Nābulusī; Qays b. al-Mulawwaḥ (= al-Majnūn); Ṣāliḥ; Thamūd

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