Neoplatonist Echoes in Modern Arabic Poetry: The Case of Muḥammad ʿAfīfī Maṭar
English & Comparative Literature Department
The article presents an overview of the impact of Neoplatonism and Sufism on modern Arabic poetry. It addresses specifically the example of the Egyptian poet Muḥammad ʿAfīfī Maṭar (1935-2010) and the correspondence of his poetic universe with that of Plotinus. As a student and later an instructor of philosophy, Maṭar was influenced by his mentor ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Badawī who had edited the Arab Plotinus. Maṭar’s poetic collections, interviews, and memoir point to his Neoplatonist and Sufi drive through references, allusions, and subtexts. In Maṭar’s visionary ascension in the poem Qirāʾa (Recital), Qur’anic phrases intersect with philosophical motifs of Plotinus’s Enneads
Faces of the Infinite: Neoplatonism and Poetry at the Confluence of Africa, Asia and Europe
Stefan Sperl (ed.), Yorgos Dedes (ed.)
Oxford University Press
Muhammad Afifi Matar, Plotinus, ‘Abd al-Rahman Badawi, Sufism, Ascension, Qur’an
Comparative Literature | Language and Literacy Education | Poetry
Ghazoul, F. J.
(2022).Neoplatonist Echoes in Modern Arabic Poetry: The Case of Muḥammad ʿAfīfī Maṭar. Oxford University Press. , 404-418
Ghazoul, Ferial J.
Neoplatonist Echoes in Modern Arabic Poetry: The Case of Muḥammad ʿAfīfī Maṭar. Oxford University Press, 2022.pp. 404-418