Examining the Concept of Reality in Mystical Islam Through Poetry
AuthorCarranza, Racquel Parente
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThroughout human history the individual has been faced with the definite nature of its physical existence. The soul, however is able to transcend our mundane realm and venture into higher or lower realms of being. The dichotomy of existence - this life and the next - is found across all religions and belief systems in some form. The problem of defining a particular reality is extensive and varies from individual to individual. Naturally the effort to attain closeness with the infinite requires cognitive and emotional strength. The mystical union is one wherein the definite merges with the everlasting and a difference between the two seemingly opposite concepts ceases to exist. The Islamic mystical tradition, Sufism, provides both philosophical and emotive means of addressing the concept of reality in its many forms. The poetic gaze of Sufism allows expressions of ecstasy, logic and love while encouraging its audience to polish the mirror of its soul. Through the works of al-Ghazali, Ibn Arabi, and Rumi, reality is presented as a rich, complex idea that cannot be defined concretely. Nevertheless it can be said that closeness with God allows the human soul to transcend lower, even insignificant, realms of reality.
Degree ProgramHonors College