Muḥammad al-Ṣūfī, the Prophet Muḥammad, and Ibn al-Fāriḍ

Creative Trends in Arabic Religious Poetry in the 9th/15th Century

In: Journal of Sufi Studies
Th. Emil Homerin† University of Rochester Rochester, NY USA

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Muḥammad Ibn al-Shihābī al-Ṣūfī composed mystical poems in praise of the prophet Muḥammad, basing much of his verse on the poems of Ibn al-Fāriḍ. While he was not the first to imitate Ibn al-Fāriḍ, Ibn al-Shihābī may have been the first Arabic poet to use consistently a Persian style signature verse (takhalluṣ). This article offers a critical Arabic edition, English translation, and analysis of several of his poems, with a particular focus on his signature verses, which add insights into Ibn al-Shihābī’s life, religious beliefs, and vocation as a Sufi eulogist of the Prophet.

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