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Ibn `Arabī’s Mystical Poetics

Denis E. McAuley


Muḥyī l-Dīn Ibn `Arabī (1165–1240) has been one of the most influential figures in the development of Sufism. Although his prose works have been hugely influential, his prolific poetry has received very little attention. This book contains an in-depth analysis of one collection of his poetry, the Būlāq Dīwān. Chapter 1 argues that the Dīwān has been neglected because of its complex and unusual nature, which confounds readers’ expectations. Chapter 2 discusses Ibn `Arabī’s understanding of poetics, which is closely intertwined with his metaphysics and poetic inspiration: the rhythms of poetry e ... More

Keywords: Ibn `Arabī, Dīwān, Sufism, poetics, metaphysics, poetic inspiration, Qur’an, imitation, Arabic literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199659548
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659548.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Denis E. McAuley, author
Translator, United Nations Headquarters, New York.