Masnavi i Ma'navi: The Spiritual Couplets of Maulána Jalálu-'d-Dín Muhammad Rúmí

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Psychology Press, 2000 - 331 Seiten

The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature.

The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.

 

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INTRODUCTION
xiii
PAGE
xliii
PROLOGUE
1
The Oilman and his Parrot
7
Omar and the Ambassador
24
The Harper
33
The Man who was Tattooed
44
The Prophets Scribe
50
The Travellers who ate the Elephant
111
The Jackal who aped a Peacock
120
The Lover and his Mistress
127
The Old Man and his Sons
133
continuedThe Man in the Time of David
139
The Deadly Mosque
165
The Lover and his Mistress
172
The Youth who complained of his Food
188

Alis Forbearance
56
The Sufis Beast
62
The Pauper and the Prisoners
68
The King and his two Slaves
72
Moses and the Shepherd
81
The Gardener and the Three Friends
88
Moávia and Iblis
96
The Man who Boasted
102
PAGE
103
Moses and Pharaoh
207
The Arab and his
227
The Man who claimed to be a Prophet
234
The Repentance of Nasúh
249
The Musulman and the Magian
259
The Slave who loved his Masters Daughter
282
The Turkish Amír and the Minstrel
288
The King and his Three Sons
314
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