Title

قصيدة " البردة " لكعب بن زهير ومكانتها ﻓﻲ التراث الصوﻓﻲ / The Impact of the Ode " al-Burda " on the Sufi Tradition

Program

ALIF

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http://www.jstor.org/stable/521758

All Authors

محمد, السيد ابراهيم; Muhammad, Al-Sayid Ibrahim; بن زهير, كعب; Bin Zuhair, Ka'ib

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

Publication Date

1985

doi

https://www.doi.org/10.2307/521758

Abstract

[The famous poem "Bānat Su'ād" known as "al-Burda" (The Mantle) by Ka'b ibn Zuhayr - which won the poet the admiration of the Prophet Muhammad and his mantle as a gift - has had a considerable impact on sufism. This article explores its impact on Sufi hermeneutics, by a close reading of their commentaries and interpretations of the poem, as well as through an analysis of Sufi literary imitations (mu'āraḍāt) of the poem. Using manuscripts and published texts, the author demonstrates the Sufi interpretive techniques and their mode of transforming the significance of poetic imagery into mystic symbols. The author of the article offers a reading of the poem in the light of the poet's canon to show the elements of divergence between a critical reading and a mystic reading of the poem. The literary imitations of al-Burda are shown to integrate systematically within them mystic notions about the Prophet through reference and allusion.]

First Page

49

Last Page

72

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