Representations of the Divine in Arabic Poetry

Description

In Islam the fascination for "the word" is as vigorous as in Judaism and in Christianity, but an extra dimension is, that the revealed text, the Koran, is considered to be verbatim the word of the Almighty Himself, thereby providing the Arabic language with just an extra quality. No wonder that throughout Islamic history the study of the word, the Koran, the prophet's utterances and the interpretation of both, has become the main axis of knowledge and education. As a consequence the intellectuals - and also the poets in Islamic culture - were thoroughly familiar with religious terms and the phraseology of a language which was highly estimated because of the divine origin with which it was associated. No wonder therefore, that allusions to religious texts can be found throughout Arabic literature, both classical and modern. The subject of this volume is the representation of the divine in Arabic poetry, be it the experience of the divine as expressed by poets or the use of imagery coined by religion.

Details

Author(s)
Gert Borg, Ed C. M. de Moor
Format
Paperback | 239 pages
Dimensions
150 x 220mm | 535g
Publication date
01 Jan 2001
Publisher
Brill
Imprint
Editions Rodopi B.V.
Publication City/Country
Leiden, Netherlands
Language
English
ISBN10
9042015748
ISBN13
9789042015746
Bestsellers rank
2,193,104