Representations of the Divine in Arabic Poetry
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.
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Manifestations of the Divine as Represented in Poems
The Experience of the Divine in the Poetry of the Egyptian
Humorous Approach of the Divine in the Poetry of alAndalus
The Koran as Subtext in Modern Arabic Poetry
Religious motifs and themes in North American Mahjar Poetry
Sin and Sexuality in the Poetry
The Divinity of the Profane Representations of the Divine
The Christ Figure in Sayighs Poetry
Abu Madi Abu Nuwas Abu Shabaka Adonis Adunis al-Antaki al-Majmua al-Sayyab Allah allusions Arab poets Arabic Literature Arabic poetry arabischen Arberry beauty becomes Beirut beloved Cairo called Christ Christian context death Divine Diwan Diwdn eternal expression eyes Gibran God's heart heaven hell Ibid Ibn al-'Arabi Ibn al-Farid Ibn Arabi Ibn Sahl Ibrahim idha Iliya Abu Islam Jabra Jaykur Koranic subtext language literary llahi Lord lover Mahmud Darwish manifestation means Mihyar Modern Arabic Poetry Moses motifs motives and themes Mudrik Muhammad Musa Muslim Muwashshah mystical experience Nizar Nizar Qabbani Noah Nu'ayma passage passion person poet's poetic prayer pre-Islamic prophet qasida references religion religious resurrection Sayigh's says Sayyab seafaring seems Shabaka ship Songs soul spirit stanza story Sufi Surat symbol Tammuz Tammuzian tradition translation Umayya union jam verse wa-la wine words