115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sa‘di and Avicenna: How to Demystify the Psychology of the Persian Lyric Subject

Domenico Ingenito, UCLA

This paper addresses the question of the relationship between erotic love and the metaphysics of the “unseen” in medieval Persian poetry from the perspective of Avicenna’s philosophical tradition. I will focus in particular on the lyric poems of Sa‘di of Shiraz (fl. XIII century) and their depiction of the beloved as an eroticized cypher of the divine.