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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Loevy, Katharine Denise
URN etd-07032012-151805
Title The Poetics of Embodiment in Islamic Mystical Philosophy
Degree Master of Arts
Department Religion
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
William Franke Committee Chair
Charles Scott Committee Member
Keywords
  • Islam
  • mysticism
Date of Defense 2012-04-20
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Abstract
RELIGION

THE POETICS OF EMBODIMENT IN

ISLAMIC MYSTICAL PHILOSOPHY

KATHARINE DENISE LOEVY

Thesis under the direction of Professor William Franke

What modes of reading can be provoked by reading different kinds of texts and textual practices? How might these alternative modes enable us to rethink our conception of the relationship between discourses and embodiment, and the functioning of discourse upon bodies that is identified by the notion of discursive mediation? This thesis considers texts and practices that emerged from traditions of Islamic mysticism, and that demand a transformation in the reader as a result of the way in which embodiment and discourse interact. The analyses that follow thus bring literary, religious and cultural dimensions of sufism to questions of reading. What we stand to gain from this engagement with Islamic mysticism is thus a reorientation toward texts and toward textually-mediated practices with regard to embodiment and its relationship to text.

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