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Introduction

Denis E. McAuley

in Ibn `Arabī’s Mystical Poetics

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659548
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191743375 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659548.003.0001

Series: Oxford Oriental Monographs

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The introduction asks why Dīwān of Ibn `Arabī has been largely neglected by contemporary scholarship despite the growing body of work on that influential Sufi author. Early twentieth-century Orientalism, particularly the pioneering scholars Nicholson and Nallino, dismissed Ibn `Arabī’s poems as artificial and rhetorical. It is argued that that attitude does not sufficiently appreciate the nature of medieval poetry as a whole. The chapter goes on to review the more recent work on the Dīwān by such scholars as Claude Addas, Gerald Elmore, Stephen Hirtenstein, and Peter Bachmann. It concludes by making the case for an approach focused on close readings of individual poems.

Keywords: Ibn `Arabī; Dīwān; Orientalism; Nicholson; Nallino; medieval poetry; Addas; Elmore; Hirtenstein; Bachmann

Chapter.  6241 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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