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Concluding Reflections

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Lacan's theory of signification, which focuses on the phallus as the privileged signifier, is most relevant to an understanding of the structuring influence of the phallus in the phallocentric passages in the Mathnawī. The bawdy passages and pornographic tales in the Mathnawī constitute that which has been deemed deficient and derivative, hence, their esoteric significance have generally been overlooked. However, an appreciation of the full range of Rūmī's symbolizing practices must include the communicative association between that which has been overlooked, yet not erased, and that which has been memorialized as the "Qur͗ān in Persian". The author hopes that this book will make a methodological contribution to the broader field of Iranian and Sufi Studies.

Keywords: bawdy tales; Mathnawī; phallus; Rūmī; signifier



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