Of love and longing : a study of Ayatollah Khomeini's mystical poetry and its reception in Iran and abroad

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Of love and longing : a study of Ayatollah Khomeini's mystical poetry and its reception in Iran and abroad

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Of love and longing : a study of Ayatollah Khomeini's mystical poetry and its reception in Iran and abroad
Author: Farhosh-van, Loon D.
Issue Date: 2016-10-18
Keywords: Mysticism
Khomeini
Iran
Poetry
Mystical poetry
Antinomism
Martyrdom
Qalandariyyat
Abstract: This research has been conducted in response to the mystical poems that Ayatollah Khomeini composed during his life. His poems contain multiple mystical topics such as wine, love, annihilation and adoration of non-Islamic figures. In various poems Ayatollah Khomeini rejects the Kaʿba, the Holy House of God in Mecca. How to interpret these unorthodox poems by the hand of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran? How to explain the paradox of his personality? His poems are also highly interesting because of their biographical and political elements, such as his references to the Iran-Iraq war. The main question of this research is how to interpret Ayatollah Khomeini’s mystical poetry. Are his poems the expressions of a convinced mystic, or did he copy this poetic framework for other purposes? How to interpret his poems in which he rejects Islamic institutions, such as the Kaʿba in Mecca? Is this topic merely a classical metaphor or does it reflect the personal problems he had with Saudi Arabia? And finally, how did his opponents and his followers respond to his poetry?
Promotor: Supervisor: P.M. Sijpesteijn Co-Supervisor: A.A. Seyed Gohrab
Faculty: Humanities
University: Leiden
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/43674
 

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