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AS THROUGH A VEIL - Mystical Poetry in Islam,by Annemarie Schimmel

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AS THROUGH A VEIL  -   Mystical Poetry in Islam                          
 
Paperback - 369 pages                                                             Annemarie Schimmel

 

 
An accessible introudction for the general reader, this insightful account also contains detailed notes and a full bibliography for scholars and students, and will serve as an indispensable companion to some of the most exquisite literature ever penned. 

Annemarie Schimmel has drawn exhaustively on an enormous range of sources both ancient and modern to create this thorough survey of a unique body of literature. Travelling from continent to continent and across the centuries, this fascinating story of Islamic Poetry encompasses a wide spectrum of traditions and cultures, from Arabic religious verse to the ecstasies of the Persian Sufis and the popular folk poetry of India and Pakistan. Showing how the varying starnds of the tradition unite to form one single message of all-embracing love, Schimmel also covers such topics as:

  • the challenges of interpreting verse that is both sensual and sacred
  • sacrifice and spiritual love
  • the role of the feminine in folk poetry 

    An insightful account of some of the most exquisite literature ever penned.

    Annemarie Schimmel was until recently Professor Indo-Muslim studies at Harvard University. Regarded as the foremost expert in the fields of Islamic mysticism and poetry, she has published extensively in both English and German, and has lectured at universities all over the world.  

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