A Study in Sufi Poetics: The Case of ʿAṭṭār Nayshābūrī

A Study in Sufi Poetics: The Case of ʿAṭṭār Nayshābūrī Throughout his poetic oeuvre, Shaykh Farīd al-Dīn ʿAṭṭār Nayshābūrī (d. ca. 618/1221) repeatedly addresses the question of the relationship between literary-poetic and religio-mystical pursuits. ʿAṭṭār vacillates between denouncing poetic composition as inconsistent with religious orthodoxy, and embracing poetry as the very apex of spiritual practice. This essay explores ʿAṭṭār’s fluid poetics through a comprehensive examination of his stated positions in his four authentic mathnavīs . It concludes that ʿAṭṭār’s contradictory statements regarding the poetic enterprise exemplify the paradoxical position of a Sufi mystic-poet grappling with the tension of literary self-affirmation in the face of spiritual self-annihilation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oriens Brill

A Study in Sufi Poetics: The Case of ʿAṭṭār Nayshābūrī

Oriens , Volume 41 (1-): 77 – Jan 1, 2013

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Abstract

Throughout his poetic oeuvre, Shaykh Farīd al-Dīn ʿAṭṭār Nayshābūrī (d. ca. 618/1221) repeatedly addresses the question of the relationship between literary-poetic and religio-mystical pursuits. ʿAṭṭār vacillates between denouncing poetic composition as inconsistent with religious orthodoxy, and embracing poetry as the very apex of spiritual practice. This essay explores ʿAṭṭār’s fluid poetics through a comprehensive examination of his stated positions in his four authentic mathnavīs . It concludes that ʿAṭṭār’s contradictory statements regarding the poetic enterprise exemplify the paradoxical position of a Sufi mystic-poet grappling with the tension of literary self-affirmation in the face of spiritual self-annihilation.

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OriensBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: ʿAṭṭār Nayshābūrī; Sufi Poetry; Persian Poetics; Mysticism; Apophasis

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