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Mohit Dubey (Final): Of Samā’ and Sonatas

Mohit Dubey (Final): Of Samā’ and Sonatas

Of Samā’ and Sonatas: Listening in the Sufi and Western Classical Traditions Mohit Dubey Islamic Mystic Traditions and Literature Introduction             This paper intends to tackle the question of the fundamental distinctions in the intentionality of listening between the practice of Western Classical Music and the Sufi practice of samā’. Through investigating the foundational concepts(…)

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Mohit Dubey: Hafez, Rumi, Sa’adi, Oh My!

Mohit Dubey: Hafez, Rumi, Sa’adi, Oh My!

Hafez, Rumi and Sa’adi constitute three main pillars of the literature of Sufi poetry. Although these three poets share many similar qualities as exemplars of poetic mysticism they also have unique forms of expression based on their cultural context and individual experience. Although each poet uses similar metaphors, storytelling structures, and poetic forms, their own(…)

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Mohit Dubey: Of Mosques and Mysticism

Mohit Dubey: Of Mosques and Mysticism

In the Islamic tradition, architectural form and the performative dimension of prayer are symbolically woven into spirituality. This interconnectedness has its roots in the story of the Prophet himself, who built the first mosque (Mosque Kuba) in Medina after staying there for six months as a guest of Ali. In the exegesis titled Zaad al-Ma’aad, Ibn(…)

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Mohit Dubey: Three Rumi Poems

Mohit Dubey: Three Rumi Poems

In the following paper, I will discuss the Sufi concepts present in three poems from Rumi’s Masnavi. Written between 1262 A.D. and Rumi’s death in 1273, the Masnavi is a 26,000 verse Persian literary work composed of three separate volumes and considered by many, Sufi and non-Sufi alike, to be “the greatest mystical poem ever(…)

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Mohit Dubey: Modernism n’ Mysticism

Mohit Dubey: Modernism n’ Mysticism

Ten days before I was born, my parents were given a very corny wedding gift: Coleman Bark’s collection and translation, “The Essential Rumi”. In a way, mystical worldviews had an impact on my modern life before I even emerged from the womb. At some point, my parents must have flipped through those pages, maybe read(…)

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Mohit Dubey: Four Fundamental Sufi Concepts

Mohit Dubey: Four Fundamental Sufi Concepts

The following are what I consider to be four essential ideas in Sufi mysticism. This is not to say that there are many other important ideas, and that much importance also derives from the overlap of the ideas. However, I believe these four to be essential to understanding the broader context of Sufism as it(…)

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Mohit Dubey: Why Did They Turn Inwardly?

Mohit Dubey: Why Did They Turn Inwardly?

In order to understand why some early Muslims decided to take a “mystical” approach to their religion, one must first understand a few things about the immense social changes brought about by the advent of Islam. Prior to the revelations of Muhammad, the Arab world was a muddled conglomerate of tribes varying in religion, social(…)

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Mohit Dubey: The Role of The Role Model in Sufism

Mohit Dubey: The Role of The Role Model in Sufism

The relationship between mentor and student and the idea of a necessary “role model” have been present in Islam since it’s foundation and have had a profound impact on Sufi beliefs and institutions. Beginning with the Prophet’s mentorship of those close to him (“the People of the Bench”, ahl al suffa), the teacher-student relationship has(…)

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