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Persian Mystical Poetry



The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (Literature)
St. George
Maria E. Subtelny

An introduction to the poetic imagery and symbolism of Persian Sufism, with selected readings from the great mystical poets of the 11th–15th centuries, such as Sana’i, ‘Attar, Rumi, and Jami. Alternatively, and depending upon the interests of students, the seminar may focus on one particular author. Besides readings from the Persian texts, the works of Henry Corbin, Helmut Ritter, and Annemarie Schimmel on the interpretation of Sufi theosophical doctrines and the poetics of Sufism will also be discussed.