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Author: Masoodul Hasan
Publisher: Adam Publishers
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788174355232
This innovative study deals with the hitherto unnoticed reflections of classical Sufism in English literature from the middle ages to the 20th century as parallelisms and congruent images. The 200 and odd authors/texts analyzed here include masters like Chaucer, Malory, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, Pope, Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, Scott Tennyson, Browning, Yeats, Robert Graves, Someset Maugham, Ted Hughes and Doris Lessing.
Sufic echoes and images have subsisted in the Western literature, including English, for centuries, and influenced its creative imagination. But interest in Eastern spirituality has been particularly in evidence in the post- World War II era often soured by misprojected theories of the ‘clash of civilizations‘. The post-9/11 scenario has further fanned Islamophobia across the world. Simultaneously, however, a fresh quest for harmony and transcultural understanding is also under way.
Since Sufism also fosters this humanistic trend, and is generally recognized as a more acceptable face of Islam, Su?c literary studies are likely to gain wider and deeper appreciation with the advance of globalization. Indeed, genuine literature, as a factor of human integration, is a prerequisite of global understanding. The present critical discourse, the only work on the subject so far, marks a step in this direction.
2. Later Middle Ages (12th to 15th century)
3. English Renaissance (16th & 17th century)
4. Eighteenth Century
5. Early Nineteenth Century
6. Later Nineteenth Century
7. Early Twentieth Century (Poetry)
8. Early Twentieth Century (Prose)
9. Later Twentieth Century (Poetry)
10. Later Twentieth Century (Prose)
11. Summing up