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Journal:   JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE FACULTY OF LETTERS AND HUMANITIES (JOURNAL OF FACULTY OF LETTERS AND HUMANITIES (LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE))   Spring-Summer 2002 , Volume 35 , Number 1-2; Page(s) 171 To 190.
 
Paper: 

A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE FOREWORD OF THE MATHNAVI AND THE MANICHEAN GNOSTIC POETRY

 
 
Author(s):  ESMAEILPOUR MOTLAGH A.*
 
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Abstract: 
The foreword of the great Mathnavi expresses, though briefly, all the basic ideas of the Islamic mysticism which has many things in common with the pre-Islamic gnosticism. In this article, the writer makes a comparison between the foreword and the pre-Islamic mystic ideas as an attempt to show that Islamic mysticism, which reached its height in the seventh century AH., is in fact the continuation of the general Gnostic ideas prevalent before Islam. To illustrate his point, the writer presents poems from Manichean psalms and other pre-Islamic mystic sources and shows the similarities between them and the foreword of the Mathnavi and some of the poems of Mowlavi. The gist of the article is that the seventh century mysticism had its roots in the pre-Islamic Christian-Manichean gnosticism.
 
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