Ibn `Arabī and the Qur'an: A Series of Poems

Denis E. McAuley

in Ibn `Arabī’s Mystical Poetics

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199659548
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191743375 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Oriental Monographs

Ibn `Arabī and the Qur'an: A Series of Poems

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This chapter looks at a set of poems each of which is dedicated to the ‘spirit’ of a sūra of the Qur'an. In some of the poems, Ibn `Arabī brings to bear his distinctive understanding of Qur'anic exegesis and Sufi hermeneutics. One such piece elaborates on an episode in the life of the Prophet Muhammad in the light of the metaphysical significance of femininity. In other pieces, Ibn `Arabī echoes the rhythms of the Qur'an, a daring concept in view of the doctrine of Qur'anic inimitability (i`jāz) to which the poet fully subscribed. Ibn `Arabī’s approach is compared with that of a contemporary, the Nuṣayrī-Alawī poet Makzūn al-Sinjāri, who is an important and understudied figure in his own right.

Keywords: Ibn `Arabī; Dīwān; Qur'anic exegesis; hermeneutics; femininity; Qur'an; i`jāz; Nuṣayrī-Alawī; Makzūn

Chapter.  16718 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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