Hierarchies of Response

Aditya Behl

in Love's Subtle Magic

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780195146707
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199978878 | DOI:
Hierarchies of Response

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This chapter reconstructs the contexts of reception and performance for these sensuous romances. Common understanding of the multiple meanings of poetry allowed the poems to be performed in both courtly and Sufi circles, each with its own protocol of reception and interpretation. Not all readings are created equal, however, and the chapter attempts to isolate a hierarchy of response in which the Sufi shaikhs were the most privileged interpreters of these poems. A discussion of the Chishti practice of audition or samā' shows how ritual manipulation of the listening self was the most valued part of the reception of the Hindavī Sufi romances, making the Sufi novice under the guidance of a teaching shaikh the ideal reader of the romances.

Keywords: Hindavī Sufi romances; sensuous romances; poetry; poems; Sufi shaikhs; audition

Chapter.  16575 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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