Ibn `Arabī’s <i>Mu`ashsharāt</i>: A Comparative Approach

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’s Mu`ashsharāt: A Comparative Approach

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This chapter and the following one examine a cycle of ten-line acrostic poems, the mu`ashsharāt, in which each poem represents one letter of the alphabet, each verse of the poem in question beginning and ending with that letter. Now almost forgotten, this demanding form appears to have been in fashion in al-Andalus in Almoravid and Almohad times. The chapter casts light on the poets who are known to have practised the form. It then compares three individual poems from Ibn `Arabī’s mu`ashsharāt with their counterparts by Al-Fazāzī, an influential ascetic poet who is known to have met Ibn `Arabī. In so doing, it examines how Ibn `Arabī’s work is grounded in Andalusian verse forms that have been obscured by time.

Keywords: acrostic; Ibn `Arabī; Dīwān; mu`ashsharāt; Andalus; Almoravid; Almohad; Al-Fazāzī

Chapter.  9994 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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