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The World as Text

AuthorJuan Cole
Title of item
The World as Text
Subtitle of item
Cosmologies of Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa'i
Parent publication   Studia Islamica
Date of this edition 1994
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Posted 2011-05-24 by Jonah Winters
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Abstract Shaykh Ahmad's creative use of mythic symbols can be seen as an escape from the limitations of the conceptual and literary structures erected by his forebears; his millenarianism and rebellion against staid literalism as a means of reinvigorating Shi'ism.
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Tags Allegories and metaphors; Cosmology; Huruf (letters); Interfaith dialogue; Islam; Judaism; Kabbalah; Nuqta (Point); Pen (metaphor); Shaykh Ahmad-i-Ahsai; Shaykhism; Sufism; Symbolism
Cross-referencesSee also Commentary on the Disconnected Letters (Stephen Lambden).
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