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Return to the Flash Rock Plain of Thahmad: Two Nasībs by Ibn al-˛Arabī

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This article presents two poems (numbers 26 and 22, respectively) from Turjumān al-Ashwāq ("The Interpreter, Translator, or Biographer of Longings or Desires") by Ibn al-˛Arabī (d. 638/1240). Introductory comments explore the relationship among time, space, and memory within the poems; the construction of a neo-Bedouin poetics of displacement; the role of a transmission of love and wine poetically modeled on hadith transmission; and the fragmentation of the poetic persona. The translations aim at a natural American poetic idiom. Assonance, a tension and release across line breaks, and other features serve to compensate for those aspects of the original (include rhyme and meter) inconsistent with modern style.

Affiliations: 1: University of Chicago


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