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La transgression des normes du discours religieux : Remarques sur les shaṭaḥāt de Abū Bakr al-Shiblī

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The scope of paradoxical phrases in Islamic mysticism, the shaṭaḥāt, attracted the attention of researchers for nearly a century. Henry Corbin has made it decisive on the metaphysical dimension of Shath as necessarily ambiguous discourse. The author adopt sthe translation by Shath "paradox inspired". The Shath was seen in the Sufi tradition as a type of constructed discourse recognizable, with its own logic, as will testify the precious Sharh-i shathiyyät of Rüzbihän Baqlî. In order not to stay too general level in the considerations on the Shath, the author would identify as far as possible how it 'works' in the general discourse of a specific spiritual master, known and recognized. They discuss the words of Abū Bakr al-Shiblī. At home, the Shath holds an important place: Sarrāj devotes an entire section of its Luma' its shaṭaḥāt; and collection Rūzbihān of retained twenty-two paradoxes from him.

Keywords: Shath; Islamic mysticism; shaṭaḥāt; Abū Bakr al-Shiblī; Sufi tradition



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