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Sufi Aesthetics - Beauty, Love, and the Human Form in the Writings of Ibn 'Arabi and 'Iraqi (Hardcover) Loot Price: R1,374
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Sufi Aesthetics - Beauty, Love, and the Human Form in the Writings of Ibn 'Arabi and 'Iraqi (Hardcover): Cyrus Ali...
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Sufi Aesthetics - Beauty, Love, and the Human Form in the Writings of Ibn 'Arabi and 'Iraqi (Hardcover)

Cyrus Ali Zargar

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Sufi Aesthetics argues that the interpretive keys to erotic Sufi poems and their medieval commentaries lie in understanding a unique perceptual experience. Using careful analysis of primary texts, Cyrus Ali Zargar explores the theoretical and poetic pronouncements of two major Muslim mystics, Muhyi al-Din ibn al-'Arabi (d. 1240) and Fakhr al-Din 'Iraqi (d. 1289), under the premise that behind any literary tradition exist organic aesthetic values. The complex assertions of these Sufis appear not as abstract theory, but as a way of seeing all things, including the sensory world.
The Sufi masters, Zargar asserts, shared an aesthetic vision quite different from those who have often studied them. Sufism's foremost theoretician, Ibn 'Arabi, is presented from a neglected perspective as a poet, aesthete, and lover of the human form. Ibn 'Arabi in fact proclaimed a view of human beauty markedly similar to that of many mystics from a Persian contemplative school of thought, the "School of Passionate Love," which would later find its epitome in 'Iraqi, one of Persian literature's most celebrated poet-saints. Through this aesthetic approach, this comparative study overturns assumptions made not only about Sufism and classical Arabic and Persian poetry, but also other uses of erotic imagery in Muslim approaches to sexuality, the human body, and the paradise of the afterlife described in the Qur'an.

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Imprint: University of South Carolina Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: September 2011
First published: September 2011
Authors: Cyrus Ali Zargar
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Cloth over boards
Pages: 248
ISBN-13: 978-1-57003-999-7
Barcode: 9781570039997
Categories: Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Non-Christian religions > Islam
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Non-Christian religions > Islam
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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Aspects of religions (non-Christian) > Religious experience > Mysticism
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Aspects of religions (non-Christian) > Religious experience > Mysticism
LSN: 1-57003-999-2

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