MESA (Middle Eastern Studies Association) – Panel: Global Sufi Literatures. Paper: Devotional Arabic Poetry in Ethiopia: between Classical Tradition and Local Developments


18 November 2018

Michele Petrone analyzed in this paper the reception of a motive of Classical Arabic poetry (aṭlāl) in Ethiopian Islamic devotional literature. It is based on manuscript materials that are analyzed in the context of local production and performance of poetry. The motive of “ruins” is here seen as a mean to settle a sacred space at the beginning of a poem, evoking the presence of the Prophet and of Saints in the Sufi assembly.

Publié le 12 novembre 2018